Archive by Author: Alliance for Academic Freedom

Let Omar Barghouti Into US

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

The following statement is a reaction to the news that the United States is denying a visa to Omar Barghouti, the founder of the BDS movement, who was attempting to fly from Israel to the US to attend his daughter’s wedding and conduct a lecture tour:  The Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) urges the federal […]

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Open Letter to University of Cape Town

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

From: Prof. Cary Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and AAF Chair  To: Mamokgethi Phakeng (Vice Chancellor), Sipho Pityana (Chair of Council), and other members of the worldwide University of Cape Town Community March 28, 2019 I write as chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a faculty group devoted to preserving and protecting academic freedom […]

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Pitzer College’s Failed Assault on Academic Freedom

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

The Executive Committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) condemns the vote by Pitzer College faculty and students to urge cancellation of the college’s study abroad program at Haifa University. We applaud president Marvin Oliver’s forthright decision to preserve this educational opportunity for Pitzer students. Faculty and students at Pitzer College in California recently […]

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ERODING ACADEMIC FREEDOM

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

This is a statement of the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom protesting BDS decisions at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa:   The movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel on college campuses has on the whole seen relatively little success in the past two years. Colleges and […]

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Let Lara Alqasem Study in Israel 

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

We the undersigned faculty members of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) stand in solidarity with the presidents of all Israeli universities in urging the Israeli authorities to permit the American student Lara Alqasem to enter the country to pursue her studies at Hebrew University. We join with the many faculty members and organizations throughout […]

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BDS Bans Recommending Students for Israeli Universities

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

IS WRITING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION A PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OR A POLITICAL CHOICE? By Susana Cavallo, David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Sharon Musher, Cary Nelson (Chair), and Kenneth Stern, the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom [This statement expands upon and updates an op-ed first published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, […]

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Minister Compromises Academic Freedom

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

This statement by the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (an affiliate of The Third Narrative) protests the decision of Israel’s Science & Technology Minister Ofir Akunis to block the appointment of a top brain researcher, Dr. Yael Amitai, to an international scientific committee because she once signed a petition supporting the right of […]

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