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A comprehensive center for AAF statements and publications on academic freedom and freedom of expression and related campus issues.
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Minister Compromises 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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Is Anti-Zionist Speech Antisemitic?

I’m a co-author of the recent Alliance for Academic Freedom critique of the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act,” and originally was the lawyer who was the lead drafter of the definition of anti-Semitism that would be codified into law should the ASAA be passed.  But I oppose the application of this definition in the proposed legislation.  This is from my 2016 […]

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Critique of Congress Bill on Antisemitism

The accompanying image juxtaposes a cartoon that defends protesters against Israel on behalf of Palestinian rights by denigrating pro-Israel concerns, with another cartoon that portrays such protesters as actual antisemites (click here for more readable cartoon imagery at a pro-settler website). This juxtaposition suggests the complex of conflicting passions and rights confronting The Third Narrative (TTN) community. In […]

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B-G University Honors Cary Nelson

The scroll awarding our Third Narrative and Alliance for Academic Freedom colleague an honorary doctorate reads (in its English section) as follows:  The Senate and the Executive Committee of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hereby resolve to honor Prof. Cary Nelson In tribute to an erudite and visionary man of letters, for his uncompromising dedication […]

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Non-Scholarly Polemic from UC Press

What follows are the opening paragraphs of a book review by Professor Cary Nelson — co-chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a group affiliated with The Third Narrative (TTN) — at Fathom, an online journal published in the UK (hence its British spellings): Sunaina Maira’s book Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine would not ordinarily be […]

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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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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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