The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate


May 3, 2021 | 12:00 pm -

May 3, 2021 |

As a defense attorney and author, Kenneth Stern examines attempts from each side of the Israel/Palestine debate to censor the other at a time when some say that students, rather than being challenged to wrestle with difficult issues and ideas, are being quarantined from them. In The Conflict over the Conflict, he uniquely frames the examination of one of the most divisive and toxic issues on today’s college and university campuses. According to Stern, the campus is the best place to mine the Israel/Palestine conflict and our intense views about it to help future generations do what they are supposed to do: think. 

Stern is the director of the Center for the Study of Hate at Bard College. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism and the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism.” He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, and The Forward, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio.

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