Success at UC Davis
The Brandeis Brief
June 2013
 
  

Last week, the Brandeis Center announced its successful resolution of the anti-Semitism concerns that it had raised with UC Davis administration.  This was a troubling case involving a November 2012 incident in which Jewish and Israeli students were harassed during the occupation of an administrative building by the Occupy movement.  The Center has intensively investigated the incident as part of its new legal advocacy initiative and successfully resolved this matter, to the credit of Davis' administration, shortly before the statutory deadline for filing a Title VI complaint.  This issue of the Brandeis Brief will discuss the Davis case, as well as LDB's defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjmain, Greg Lukianoff's guest blog appearance, and the arrival of LDB's first intern class.  Thank you for making all of this possible with your generous contributions

 

Articles 

Addressing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism at UC Davis

Chancellor Linda Katehi
Chancellor Linda Katehi

 

The Brandeis Center is delighted to report the successful resolution of campus anti-Semitism concerns that it had raised with the University of California at Davis. The November 2012 incident occurred after approximately forty protestors occupied a university administrative building late last year. When three Jewish students entered the occupied building, they were met with hostile behavior, including intimidation, bullying, and verbal harassment. The protestors reportedly began pounding their fists, getting into the Jewish students' faces, and making menacing physical gestures, all while shouting expletives at the students. In a press release issued last week, the Center lauded UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi for her leadership in responding to the November 2012 incident that the Center had brought to light. 

 

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Defending Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

 

The Brandeis Center teamed up with Scholars for Peace in the Middle East  (SPME) this month to issue a Joint Statement in defense of University of California at Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin.  Rossman-Benjamin has recently been the target of a public campaign of character assassination because of her advocacy for the civil rights of Jewish college students. LDB and SPME joined together to defend Rossman-Benjamin against these smears. Rossman-Benjamin is a co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, an organization that combats anti-Semitism on American college and university campuses. She is also a member of the Brandeis Center's Academic Advisory Board. Rossman-Benjamin has famously accused her university, UC Santa Cruz, of harboring a hostile environment for Jewish students. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation into Rossman-Benjamin's complaint, which is now pending.

 

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Free Speech on Campus and the Spirit of Louis D. Brandeis 

 

Greg Lukianoff
Greg Lukianoff
Greg Lukianoff

 

I was pleased earlier this year when Ken Marcus, President of the Brandeis Center, asked me to guest blog for the Brandeis Center regarding my recent book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, and my work as President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)....

In my experience, Oliver Wendell Holmes gets a lot of attention, but I believe that Louis Brandeis was the first truly great hero of freedom of speech in Supreme Court history.

 

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Center Welcomes New Interns
Nicole Galletta & Christina Gathman
Nicole Galletta & Christina Gathman

 

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today announced its first intern class as it continues the ongoing expansion of its campaign against campus anti-Semitism. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus welcomed the Brandeis Center's first Civil Rights Law Clerk Nicole Galletta and its first Development Intern, Christina Gathman. A second Development Intern, Andrew Loeb, will join the Center next week.  This expansion follows the appointment of Danit Sibovits as LDB's first staff attorney and Joshua Sol Brewster as LDB's first Senior Civil Rights Legal Fellow. The Brandeis Center's expansion reflects its burgeoning capacity to fight campus anti-Semitism through research, education and legal advocacy.

 

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UC Davis
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Greg Lukianoff
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