Pod and Man at Yale

"All The Warning Lights Are Up,” Being Jewish at Yale; Unprecedented Antisemitism on Campus with Kenneth Marcus

November 20, 2023 Buckley Institute Season 1 Episode 7
Pod and Man at Yale
"All The Warning Lights Are Up,” Being Jewish at Yale; Unprecedented Antisemitism on Campus with Kenneth Marcus
Show Notes

The Buckley Institute was joined by Yale undergraduates Aaron Schorr ’24 and Mitchell Dubin ’25 who spoke honestly and frankly about what it's like to be a Jewish student at Yale: 

  • Mitchell: “Since October 7th, being on campus has been, I think, nothing short of a nightmare for me… I spoke with my dean just a couple days ago about the prospect of graduating early. I wouldn’t have said that a month ago or six weeks ago.”
  • Mitchell: “I do not feel as if there is any kind of desire or will or clarity on the part of the leadership of the university to stand with its Jewish students during this time.”
  • Aaron: “There are people walking around campus celebrating the murder of people that we know, celebrating the murder of people who could have been us, and the university has refused to do anything about it.”
  • Aaron: “I hope that anyone who can apply pressure on the university to do something about this, will apply pressure on the university to do something about this. All the warning lights are on right now.”

Kenneth Marcus, founder and chairman of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and a participant in the Buckley Institute’s Supreme Court Review panel in September, joined the podcast fresh off testimony before Congress to discuss antisemitism on America’s college campuses:

  • Marcus: “Certainly, the volume of intake increased by much more than tenfold from those record levels… So this situation is now is not just historic, record-setting, and unprecedented within certainly our lifetimes, but it is exponentially higher than the record level that we had reached in the period leading up to October 7th.”
  • Marcus: “There was a period of time when people would ask me, ‘what are the hotspot campuses that are having problems that you need to focus on.’ And I would be able to give them an answer… Nowadays, there really is no campus where we would be surprised to find problems because the situation, the degree of antisemitism on college campuses, has reached a far greater saturation level.”

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