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Antisemitism in the Academic Voice: Confronting Bigotry Under the First Amendment

81 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011 Last revised: 14 Feb 2012

Kenneth Lasson

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The romanticized vision of life in the Ivory Tower - a peaceful haven where learned professors ponder higher thoughts and where students roam orderly quadrangles in quest of truth and other pleasures - has long been relegated to yesteryear. While universities like to nurture the perception that they are protectors of reasoned discourse, and indeed often perceive themselves as sacrosanct places of culture in a chaotic world, the modern campus, of course, is not quite so wonderful.

This chapter examines the relationship between antisemitic and anti-Zionist speech and conduct, how they both play out on contemporary university campuses - and suggests ways by which such rhetoric and conduct can be Constitutionally confronted.

Keywords: universities, colleges, higher education, racism, political correctness, Israel, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, free speech, Ivory Tower, religious discrimination

JEL Classification: I21, I29, K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Lasson, Kenneth, Antisemitism in the Academic Voice: Confronting Bigotry Under the First Amendment (2011). Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, 2012; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923833 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923833

Kenneth Lasson (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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