Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing entitled “Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses.”
This hearing will explore the nature of anti-Semitism on college campuses, how existing federal civil rights laws address harassment based on anti-Semitism, and what impact additional legislation would have on freedom of speech, student relations, and academic freedom.
Witnesses at the hearing will include:
- Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director, International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee
- Pamela Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History, President, Association for Jewish Studies, American University
- Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Director of Global Social Action Agenda, Simon Wiesenthal Center
- Barry Trachtenberg, Michael R. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Director, Jewish Studies Program, Wake Forest University
- Paul Clement, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Sandra Hagee Parker, Chairwoman, Christians United for Israel Action Fund
- Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League
- Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America
- Ken Stern, Executive Director, Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has released the following statement ahead of the hearing:
Chairman Goodlatte: “I am extremely concerned by the increased reports of anti-Semitism in our society—particularly on college campuses. Acts of violence and hate have no place in our society, and we have a moral obligation to oppose them. As part of our efforts to combat anti-Semitism, the House Judiciary Committee will examine potential solutions, as well as the implications of proposed new approaches to federal civil rights laws.
“I look forward to continuing the Committee’s work to protect individuals from discrimination and to uphold the First Amendment, and I anticipate discussing these issues with our panel of experts at the hearing.”
The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. Camera crew wishing to cover the hearing must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.