Mark G. Yudof will explore the evolution of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on university campuses. Is it tainted by elements of anti-Semitism, whether intentional or not? What measures have been taken to address the serious problems of academic freedom and protected expression on campus and the effort to redefine traditional First Amendment rights? What is happening with the accelerating trend toward material disruption of speeches and programs identified with Israeli perspectives? Join Professor Yudof as he delves into these important topics.
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Mark G. Yudof is President Emeritus, University of California Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Yudof, who served as the 19th president of the University of California from June 2008 through September 2013, is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. As UC President, he led a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, a statewide agriculture and natural resources program, and more than 230,000 students.
He served as chancellor of the University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008, and as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he served as dean of the law school at the University of Texas at Austin from 1984 to 1994, and as the University's executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997.
President Emeritus Yudof is a renowned authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law. A Philadelphia native, he earned both LL.B. and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion awarded him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.