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Center Jewish History

Support New Head of Center for Jewish History

(September 6, 2017)  New York’s Center for Jewish History is currently being subjected to an aggressive and unacceptable outside campaign to discredit its newly appointed CEO and President, David N. Myers of the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Myers is a widely known and distinguished Jewish studies scholar who is highly qualified to administer […]

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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, speaks during a briefing to members of the foreign press association, in Jerusalem November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun  - RTX2TLQB

Statement on Ed Minister Bennett’s Proposed Guidelines

THE ISRAELI RIGHT MOVES AGAINST ACADEMIC FREEDOM By Cary Nelson, on behalf of the Alliance for Academic Freedom This June Israelis confronted a new set of proposed regulations that would govern how faculty members address political issues in their classrooms, their publications, in external political activity, and in public debate. At the core of these […]

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AAF Statement on Controversy at Dartmouth

What follows is an abridged version of a statement written for the “Inside Higher Ed” website by eight members of the Alliance for Academic Freedom — David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Cary Nelson (chair), Kenneth Stern and Irene Tucker: Everyone Lost at Dartmouth In May 2017, N. Bruce Duthu, an associate dean and […]

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Pres. Ruby Rivlin

Pres. Rivlin rejects university curb on political speech

A recent proposal by Israel’s Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett (head of the rightwing Jewish Home party), for the Knesset to legislate an “ethics code” that would prohibit university faculty from voicing their political opinions in class and from “participating in, or voicing support for, academic boycotts against Israeli institutions,” has drawn concern from members of our […]

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Cary Nelson

Defeat for BDS at Modern Language Association

We were advised on June 14, by Prof. Cary Nelson, that the proposal for a boycott of Israeli universities has been defeated at the Modern Language Association (MLA): By a stunning two to one margin, members voted not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities now or in the future. This sends a message to […]

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Israeli Entry Ban Violates Academic Freedom

(April 3, 2017) — Free societies must give as wide latitude as possible to the speech both of their citizens and their foreign visitors. Some countries punish hateful speech or historical denial that functions as hateful speech; others restrict only speech embodying a call to violence or causing imminent danger of mass panic risking bodily […]

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Alliance for Academic Freedom Responds to Trump Executive Order

Suggests American Academic Associations Move Meetings Abroad so Foreign Scholars Can Attend For More Information Contact: Cary Nelson, 217-356-0649; Kenneth Stern, (January 31, 2017) — The Alliance for Academic Freedom deplores President Trump’s executive order on immigration. As academics we are deeply concerned that it will keep scholars and students from seven Muslim-majority countries […]

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