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

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Kenneth Stern
Director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and award-winning author
Kenneth S. Stern is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and an attorney and award-winning author. For twenty-five years, he was the American Jewish Committee's expert on antisemitism, and he was also the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism." He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States and testified before Congress, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio. His newest book is The Conflict over The Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate (New Jewish Press, 2020). It examines why it is difficult to have rational discussions about this hot-button issue and how activists on each side are trying to censor the other. He argues that academic freedom and free speech are being compromised (when they should be protected and promoted), and shows how the academy is the perfect place to use this issue to pursue its core mission: teaching students how to think. Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College calls Mr. Stern “an intellectual hero.” The Canadian Jewish Record says this is “a smart, personal and engaging book [and] a principled discussion of free speech.”