News & Nots | Jan. 12

News & Notes: University rejects ASA participation in academic boycott of Israel

The University has rejected the American Studies Association’s participation in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, in spite of its membership in the ASA.

In a statement released last December, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 said that the boycott was “misguided” and emphasized the importance of working with academic institutions throughout the world despite disagreements with the governments under which the institutions operate.

Eisgruber’s statement followed a statement issued by the Association of American Universities that opposed the boycott on the basis that it hindered academic freedom, which should be fundamental in American academic institutions and especially in research universities.

In an election last December that attracted 1,252 voters, the members of the ASA elected to endorse the resolution with 66.05 percent of the vote. The ASA originally called for the boycott due to its belief that these Israeli academic institutions are denying Palestinian students their right to education, given the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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