The decision last week by an organization of scholars to boycott Israeli academic institutions has ignited debate on college campuses about academic freedom, the role of politics in scholarly life, and US support for Israel.
In the wake of the American Studies Association boycott announced last Monday, prominent academic leaders condemning the notion of boycotting academic institutions have included Boston University President Robert A. Brown Harvard President Drew Faust, and Yale President Peter Salovey, as well as Faust’s predecessor, Lawrence H. Summers.
But two-thirds of the 1,252 ASA members who cast ballots favored the resolution, and several said they did so in support of academic freedom – the academic freedom of Palestinians whose ability to work and study is severely strained by Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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