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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Indiana University withdraws from American Studies Association

Indiana University has become the fourth academic institution to withdraw from the American Studies Association over the latter's boycott of Israel.
Indiana University is the latest academic institution to announce its withdrawal from the ASA in protest of the boycott decision. Indiana University President Michael McRobbie noted the chilling effect such boycotts have on academic freedom.
The university joins Kenyon College, Penn State Harrisburg, and Brandeis University, which already announced their withdrawal from the ASA. Other prominent institutions of higher learning, including Harvard and Brown, have spoken against the boycott but refrained from moving against it formally.
Perhaps the biggest blow against the ASA, however, came this week in a strongly-worded condemnation from the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities:
“Any such boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic freedom, which is a fundamental principle of AAU universities and of American higher education in general,” the statement read.

American colleges and universities, as well as like institutions elsewhere, must stand as the first line of defense against attacks on academic freedom.”

The statement also asserted that the boycott “clearly violates the academic freedom not only of Israeli scholars but also of American scholars who might be pressured to comply with it.”
This is quickly becoming a trend.....

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At 4:04 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

This is so screwed up. These universities allow (if not participate in) the BDS SJP river-to-the-sea genocide promotion to go on on their campuses year after year after year. I've always thought it was because they are coveting Israel's achievement levels and trying to derail them by doing the shunning, toxicity, untouchable routine. The topic should not be this kind of "support" for Israel. These universities, if they weren't MarxAdvocacy Progressive Democrat Brainwash Factories, would be rehab-ing their entire approach to education and campus life. Can you see the diversion of the back and forth about Israel, rather than their own Deatheating Philosophies that they indoctrinate... And Israel is teamed up with them in so many $lu$hy way. It all makes me ill. I need to care less because everybody is doing what they intend.


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