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Posts Tagged ‘boycott’

Academic Anti-Boycott

September 19, 2014 (with later updates)

Many people who agree with the view that the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel is a perversion of academic values are, nevertheless, uncomfortable with the proposed remedy of withdrawing from the ASA. They may issue strong statements of rejection or disapproval of the boycott, but not end their affiliation with the boycotting organization. They argue, with some merit, that disassociating from an organization—and especially asking others to do so—further infringes on academic freedom. To these supporters, I would like to offer an alternative path.

Stanford, and other universities, can and should take public, proactive, affirmative actions—beyond mere statements—to embark on or increase high-profile collaboration projects with Israeli institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

Stanford and the ASA Boycott: Pushback & Response

September 18, 2014

I previously wrote and spoke about the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academics, and the complicit role of Stanford University as an institutional member of the ASA. I asked Stanford to follow the lead of Bard College, Brandeis University, Indiana University, Kenyon College, Penn State Harrisburg), the University of Texas (Dallas) and the University of Utah, and terminate its institutional membership in the ASA.  Failing that, Stanford could announce that, as a matter of policy, it will not allow university funds to be used for ASA membership dues and journal subscriptions, travel to ASA conferences, or other ASA-related activities.  (The American Studies Program can maintain its academic freedom and independence by raising its own funds for this purpose, separate from the university budget.) Read the rest of this entry »