The Law Student Initiative
   
The Brandeis Brief
November 2013
 
  
The Brandeis Center is very pleased to announce an important new initiative.  We have talked to many law students who feel underserved and out-gunned.  They would like to use their advocacy skills to combat campus anti-Semitism and resist efforts to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.  Until now, they have had nowhere to turn for appropriate education, training, and coordination.  We are now turning this situation around, as you can read in this issue of The Brandeis Brief.
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Brandeis Center Announces Formation of Law Student Chapters 
Maria Islam, Brandeis Blog

UCLA Law School

At the Brandeis Center we are thrilled to be launching an important, new initiative: law school chapters at select law schools throughout the United States. The new chapters will advance the organization's mandate to combat campus anti-Semitism through legal means. This news is absolutely exhilarating because there are law schools throughout the United States who want to help the Brandeis Center with the mission to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all.

 

 

Brandeis Center's New Short Video
Eesha Bhave, Brandeis Blog

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law is excited to announce the creation of a new short film, The Louis D. Brandeis Center: For Human Rights Under Law. Produced and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gloria Greenfield, and edited by two-time Emmy Award winner Raoul Rosenberg, the film highlights the mission of the Louis D. Brandeis Center. The film also discusses the start of the Brandeis Center, and features different perspectives of anti-Semitism, ranging from other members actively fighting anti-Semitism, to some students who were personally affected by anti-Semitic sentiment.

 

 

Woody Allen May Be Seeing the Light About Israel- Sort Of

Harold Brackman, Brandeis Blog

 Woody Allen's recent remarks about bigoted critics of Israel re-raises the perennial question about the Jewish roots to his serio-comic gift. Woody Allen's main paradox is that he is the chronic "outsider"-- and critic of both American and Jewish culture-- who still yearns to win "insider" celebrity and acclaim.  Allen has begun to wax philosophical about his own Jewishness: "I'm not a religious person, but in the Jewish families that I've known and grew up in there were certain social values that were common to them-- appreciation of theater, of classical music, of education, certain professions like medicine, law. When that appears in your comedy, it is the patina of Jewish humor."


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High Academic Quality Protects Students' Freedom to Learn

Avi Snyder, Brandeis Blog

The efforts of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) to protect academic freedom intersect with and draw strength from our efforts to maintain high academic quality on America's college campuses. These issues are closely related, and our Free to Teach, Free to Learn guide highlights the potential challenges universities and their trustees face to ensure that freedom to learn is indeed firmly reflected in academic practices and the curriculum.

 

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Israel and Africa: Bridging Troubled Waters

Harold Brackman, Brandeis Blog    

 

Gold Meir in Kenya, 1960

This post looks at the changing nature of Israeli-African relations. Recently, the Israeli cooperation with African governments has increased. During the past two years, more than 40 senior African dignitaries-- including the president of Rwanda, Uganda, Tog, South Sudan, as well as the prime minister of Kenya-- have visited Israel, with the Nigerian president expected soon. Although the Jewish state's relationship with Black Africa has been a roller coaster, there are signs that overall relations are improving.

 

In This Issue
Formation of Law School Chapters
Brandeis Center's New Short Video
Woody Allen May Be Seeing the Light About Israel
High Academic Quality Protects Students' Freedom to Learn
Israel and Africa: Bridging Troubled Waters
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The Louis D. Brandeis Center stands ready if we can help you to combat anti-Semitism in higher education. Please contact us if you are a student or professor who needs our help.  We are also available to provide technical assistance to university administrators who are interested in achieving legal compliance and best practices for eliminating campus anti-Semitism.