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Free Book: ‘The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel’

We are happy to offer a free PDF copy of the book “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel,” edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, with a preface by Paul Berman. Here’s a description by Prof. Marjorie Perloff: What is the Academic BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement really all about? What is the relation, if […]

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MESA CHOOSES BDS OVER ACADEMIC FREEDOM

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION VIOLATES FUNDAMENTAL ACADEMIC FREEDOM PRINCIPLES WITH BDS ENDORSEMENT The Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) condemns the March 24, 2022 vote by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to join the campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) targeting the state of Israel. Academic freedom cannot exist where entire peoples or nations […]

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Regarding Return of Israel Studies Gift to Donors

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

Alliance for Academic Freedom Statement Regarding Return of an Israel Studies Gift at University of Washington The Alliance for Academic Freedom condemns the return of a gift by the University of Washington endowing an Israel Studies program. This action, which drastically reduced the program’s funding, constitutes a violation of the tenets of academic freedom. According to news reports in […]

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Heritage Foundation Wrong about DEI

By TTN Blog

Our TTN colleague, Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has just published “What the Heritage Foundation Gets Wrong about DEI and Anti-Semitism” in The Forward.  He argues that a new study issued by this well-known right-wing think tank fails to adequately substantiate its claim that university offices for “Diversity, Equity and […]

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In Defense of Academic Freedom and Against the MESA Resolution

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

We write as members of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) alongside the President of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) and the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a group of more than 200 liberal and progressive scholars committed to upholding academic freedom and free speech in campus debates surrounding Israel and Palestine, supportive of […]

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Re the Political Neutrality of Academic Departments

By TTN Blog

This is a proposed policy statement drafted by TTN colleague Cary Nelson (Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  It argues for the political neutrality of  academic departments in matters of public controversy, and begins with a brief quotation from the 1967 Kalven Committee “Report on the University’s […]

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Debating Academic Freedom re BDS

By TTN Blog

This is most of the latest installment in a virtual debate between TTN’s Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with Prof. Dan Segal of Pitzer College, beginning with Prof. Lubet’s introduction:    In an essay last month on Social Science Space, I pointed out the hypocrisy of activists who demand maximum academic […]

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