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To National Council of the American Studies Association

    1. Simon Bronner
    2. Petition by

      Simon Bronner

      Harrisburg, PA

The resolution violates principles of free inquiry, non-discrimination, and academic freedom. Your signature can show the American Studies Association that upholding it is discriminatory and the resolution does not reflect the desires of its members.

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    1. EASA panel on the Future of American Studies

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      The issue of the boycott resolution passed by the American Studies Association has hardly settled down going into spring conferences. Those of you near the Philadelphia area are invited to a panel "After the Resolution: The Future of American Studies" at the Eastern American Studies Association conference held at LaSalle University, March 27-28. I am moderating the panel featuring Miles Orvell, Rob Snyder, Asaf Romirowsky, and Sharon Musher reflecting on strategies for American Studies moving forward in light of the boycott. I also recommend reading Richard Behar's follow-up piece on the ASA leadership in Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardbehar/2014/02/04/homophobic-racist-sexist-take-xanax-reactions-to-my-open-letter-to-nyu-on-asas-israel-boycott/

      Homophobic, Racist, Sexist, 'Take Xanax': Reactions To My Open Letter To NYU's President On ASA's Israel Boycott

      If you can't beat 'em, smear 'em. That's how I'd sum up the reaction of the American Studies Association and the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement to my Open Letter to New York University president John Sexton. NYU didn't care for my letter either, but its views were measured and responsible.

    2. Forbes Magazine Adds to Rebuke of ASA Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      By now you probably know that over 180 universities have issued statements against the ASA academic boycott, and this has been a positive development in the campaign to rescind the ASA's resolution. Attention has turned now to the role of regional chapters with the ASA in addition to the withdrawal of institutional memberships. If you haven't seen it, here's a link to an extensive investigation of the ASA's National Council and the motivations behind the boycott: http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardbehar/2014/01/14/open-letter-to-nyus-president-why-the-american-studies-assn-s-israel-boycott-makes-me-ashamed-to-be-an-alumnus/

      Open Letter To NYU's President: Why The American Studies Assn.'s Israel Boycott Makes Me Ashamed To Be An Alumnus

      Dear NYU President John Sexton, I'm a journalism graduate of New York University. Over the course of a three-decade career, I've been invited numerous times to speak to NYU students who are studying for masters degrees in business and economics reporting. That program, known as BER, is arguably the best in the [...]

    3. Letter from Turpie Award Winners

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Eyes are now upon developments in the Modern Language Association but the fight continues to get the ASA to rescind its resolution. On January 3, former Turpie Award Winners for program development sent the following letter to the National Council: http://goo.gl/Elb7bb. Adding pressure are statements from over 100 universities and organizations against the ASA boycott resolution. The latest to issue a press release is the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities representing 219 institutions: http://www.aplu.org/page.aspx?pid=2857.

    4. AAU statement against boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Most students and faculty are on winter break now, but various organizations have continued to pressure the American Studies Association to rescind its resolution to boycott Israeli universities. The latest is the American Association of Universities composed of research universities in the United States: http://www.aau.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=14859. The next battleground is the Modern Language Association meeting in Chicago, January 6-9, 2014, and on the grounds of insuring academic freedom we stand in opposition to efforts to boycott Israeli universities in that organization as we did with the ASA.

    5. More Organizations Come Out Against Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      While the ASA is standing firm in its support of its resolution for boycott despite criticism from the the public and academe, other organizations have announced their stands against boycott on the grounds of academic freedom: More organizations condemn boycott. http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/12/20/aau-jewish-studies-group-condemn-academic-boycotts

      AAU, Jewish Studies Group Condemn Academic Boycotts | Inside Higher Ed

      AAU, Jewish Studies Group Condemn Academic Boycotts

    6. Anti Defamation Statement

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      You also might want to be aware of the Anti-Defamation League's statement condemning academic boycotts and in response to "enhance" relationships with progressive Israeli universities and build dialogue and research rather than shut it down: http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/israel-middle-east/adl-asa-vote-to-boycott-israeli-institutions.html.

      A Vote Against Israel and Academic Freedom

      With American colleges and universities imperiled by a bad economy, declining enrollment and persistently high costs, a group of scholars gathered last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss the crisis. No, not that crisis. I mean the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. That's right.

    7. Saving American Studies II

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Following up my last note (I am limited in space), people have written about whether to show support by resigning from the ASA or in their capacity as program heads withdrawing institutional membership. There may be different opinions on whether to stay and "take back" the ASA from hostile takeover or to withdraw and form a different organization. I think this is a matter of individual conscience, but if you do resign or withdraw membership, do let the organization know why. I have heard especially with program and department heads concerned for the reputation of American Studies as a scholarly field that it is probably time for an alternative organization that better reflects American Studies as a scholarly enterprise. I know of several discussions in different quarters and I ask if you are involved in one of these to let me know, so they might be coordinated.

      A Vote Against Israel and Academic Freedom

      With American colleges and universities imperiled by a bad economy, declining enrollment and persistently high costs, a group of scholars gathered last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss the crisis. No, not that crisis. I mean the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. That's right.

    8. Saving American Studies

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Many people are writing me asking about next steps. One is to be vigilant and bring to our attention other organizations that are threatened with an assault on academic freedom that we have seen in ASA. We are also concerned about hostility (such as hate speech), intimidation, and harassment that you might face for your principled stand. If you experience this, don't be silent. Report it to authorities or let us know so your rights can be protected. A number of Provosts and Presidents have already spoken out against the boycott and assure the public that they will not condone hostility against faculty and students on campus.

      A Vote Against Israel and Academic Freedom

      With American colleges and universities imperiled by a bad economy, declining enrollment and persistently high costs, a group of scholars gathered last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss the crisis. No, not that crisis. I mean the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. That's right.

    9. Strategies for Rescinding Boycott Resolution and Saving American Studies

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      There has been considerable fallout in the Press and social media after the decision of the National Council earlier this week to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities. There are many editorials now in national press as well as education organs. You can see, for example, in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304744304579250893249174348. Indeed, there are too many to post here, so I draw your attention to a digest of these essays at http://thefutureofamericanstudies.wordpress.com/.

      A Vote Against Israel and Academic Freedom

      With American colleges and universities imperiled by a bad economy, declining enrollment and persistently high costs, a group of scholars gathered last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss the crisis. No, not that crisis. I mean the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. That's right.

    10. ASA votes to endorse boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      I am sorry to report that the results are in and the ASA has voted to endorse the boycott (see theasa.net), but story does not end there. Statements of outrage have already started and you can expect more in the weeks to come. I appreciate your suggestions for next steps. In the meantime, here is the first published response I have seen: http://www.mindingthecampus.com/forum/2013/12/the_american_studies_associati.html

    11. Letter from ASA Presidents

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      The ASA's National Council has refused to circulate letter from former presidents of the ASA to members. Here it is. forward and share: The letter the National Council refused to give ASA members http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/190928854

      American Studies Association Presidents' Letter (update)

      we write to urge members to reject the "Proposed Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions," which the ASA's National Council recently approved and has put to a membership vote. We believe academic boycotts to be antithetical to the mission of free and open inquiry for which a scholarly organization stands.

    12. Open Letter to ASA from Ari Kelman

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Ari Kelman's column in THE NATION explains his view against the ASA boycott resolution and provides an eloquent response to Judith Butler. Ari Kelman in the Nation explains his stand against the ASA's boycott resolution: http://www.thenation.com/article/177590/engage-dont-boycott-open-letter-american-studies-association

      Engage, Don't Boycott: An Open Letter to the American Studies Association | The Nation

      Instead of boycotting, let's build transnational coalitions among scholars. Editor's Note: In response to Michelle Goldberg's post about the American Studies Association's proposed boycott of Israel, we have convened a variety of responses. Ari Kelman writes in opposition to the boycott below, and you can read Alex Lubin in support of it here.

    13. Abbas Does Not Support Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Breaking News is that Palestinian Authority President Abbas has told reporters that he does not support a boycott of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-support-the-boycott-of-israel/

      Abbas: We do not support the boycott of Israel

      While in South Africa on the occasion of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas surprised reporters and Palestinian activists alike when he stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. Abbas distinguished Israeli products made in the West Bank, on territory that the Palestinians envision as part of their future state.

    14. More Press Against the ASA Boycott Resolution

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      You might be interested in a number of public statements against the ASA boycott resolution, including an interview with Lawrence Summers of Harvard University at http://youtu.be/yW__sylpHJM. You can read powerful columns, too, in The New Republic and Inside Higher Education at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115911/universities-boycotting-israel-overshadow-more-worthy-campus-activism and http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/12/12/essay-criticizing-concept-academic-boycotts. Thank you all!

      Lawrence Summers discusses proposed ASA Boycott Resolution on Charlie Rose Show

      Harvard's Lawrence Summers discusses the proposed American Studies Association (ASA) boycott resolution on the Charlie Rose Show.

    15. 600 signee Milestone Reached

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you supporters for helping us reach a milestone of 600 signees on the petition to the National Council concerning the pernicious boycott resolution. We expect to know the result of the vote of the ASA membership on Monday, December 16. If in the meantime you know of colleagues who are members of the ASA, please encourage them to "not endorse" or "abstain" BEFORE December 15.

    16. More Press on Opposition to ASA Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer
      The Opposition to BDS

      It has been no pleasure to write about the anti-Israel activity in academia this year, beginning in April with the Association for Asian-American Studies resolution to boycott Israel and culminating in the decision of the National Council of the American Studies Association last month to vote up an academic boycott resolution of its own.

    17. SPME Condemns ASA Boycott Resolution

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Scholars for Peace in the Middle East has issued a statement condemning the ASA boycott resolution and points out misstatements and discriminatory rhetoric in resolution language. http://spme.org/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=63&wysijap=subscriptions

    18. News Story about AAUP Stand against ASA Resolution

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer
      Vote down boycott of Israel, profs' group tells American Studies Association

      (JTA) - The American Association of University Professors called on members of the American Studies Association to vote down a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel. In an open letter to American Studies Association members published Dec.

    19. Front Page Magazine Comes Out Against Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer
      Home

      To enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values around the world. Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry; Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values; Supporting Israel's quest for peace and security; Advocating for energy independence; Strengthening Jewish life.

    20. AJC Condemns ASA Resolution

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Stating that “The ASA action is despicable, contravenes the most basic values of academic freedom and does nothing to advance the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the AJC has condemned the ASA's resolution. - See more at: http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=7oJILSPwFfJSG&b=8478375&ct=13431781¬oc=1#sthash.fuSdpM90.dpuf

      Home

      To enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values around the world. Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry; Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values; Supporting Israel's quest for peace and security; Advocating for energy independence; Strengthening Jewish life.

    21. Tax-Exempt Status for Boycotters Challenged

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      A column by "Legal Insurrection" has noted the ASA resolution, and in legal style, has dissected it. It also questions the tax-exempt status of boycotting organizations: http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/12/maybe-its-time-to-reconsider-the-tax-exempt-status-of-academic-boycotters/.

      Maybe it's time to reconsider the tax-exempt status of academic boycotters

      Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:24am The American Studies Association can boycott Israel all it wants, but it should do so on its own dime I don't use the word "evil" very often here, but it certainly would be justified as to the Boycott Divestment Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel and BDS supporters in academia.

    22. Council Refuses to Give Balancing Information

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier I wrote that I made a request to the Council to provide information that balances the Council's claims for boycott. That request was refused by ASA President Curtis Marez with the statement that members know how to get that information if they want it. We note the way the deck has been stacked, however, and misstatements by the Council are not allowed to be challenged. So this is more reason to get ASA members to vote not to endorse or abstain whether against the boycott or the kind of biased leadership that is being exhibited. David Bernstein has also blogged with a caustic piece on the "lunacy" of the boycott: see http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2013/12/a_watered-down_boycott_resolut.html.

      A Watered-Down Boycott Resolution on Israeli Institutions

      By David E. Bernstein From the bowels of academia comes news that the National Council of the American Studies Association has voted in favor of boycotting Israeli institutions. The boycott resolution goes to the full membership for an up or down vote.

    23. Link for ASA Members to Vote Against Resolution

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      If you are an ASA member you might have a hard time finding the link to cast a vote to "not endorse" the resolution to boycott. It is at http://asa.press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/2013_israel_asa_vote.cgi. You will need to have your membership number handy to vote.

      Penn opposes boycott of Israeli academic institutions

      A call to boycott Israeli academic institutions gained traction in the American academic community this week, but Penn and the Association of American Universities continue to stand adamantly against a potential boycott. The National Council of the American Studies Association announced on Wednesday that it has unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

    24. Penn Opposes Boycott

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      Here is good news. The President of the University of Pennsylvania has reaffirmed its stance against academic boycott in light of the ASA resolution: http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/12/asa-israel-boycott-academic-institutions-penn#.UqIz4en-TSs.facebook. Previously, many university presidents, including those of Columbia and Harvard, and the Palestinian president of Al-Quds University, have opposed the boycott. http://www.haaretz.com/news/palestinian-university-president-comes-out-against-boycott-of-israeli-academics-1.190585

      Penn opposes boycott of Israeli academic institutions

      A call to boycott Israeli academic institutions gained traction in the American academic community this week, but Penn and the Association of American Universities continue to stand adamantly against a potential boycott. The National Council of the American Studies Association announced on Wednesday that it has unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

    25. AAUP Open Letter to the ASA

      Simon Bronner
      Petition Organizer

      The American Association of University Professors has issued an open letter to members of the American Studies Association explaining why they should oppose the proposed boycott. http://www.aaup.org/news/open-letter-members-american-studies-association

      Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association

      The AAUP, which opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom, is disappointed by the ASA council's vote and urges ASA members to reject this resolution.

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    • Esther Rothenberg WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      Free thought is a right and a privllege and to stifle it is dangerous to society in general

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    • ALBERT NACSON PORT CHESTER, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      Because the resolution flies in the face of rational study and investigation. It's nothing more than a visceral, anti-academic action.

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    • ESOR BEN-SOREK NASSSAU COUNTY, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      Your resolution is racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-freedom of expression. We do not live in a fascist country, only in a socialist country led by a Muslim-loving president. Down with boycotts.

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    • Donald Sylvan COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      Emeritus professor at Ohio State who believes in academic values

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    • Peter Haas CLEVELAND, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      As an academic I talk with Israelis and Arabs, Jews, Christians, Muslims and others to think through ways of overcoming the politics of the Middle East. Boycotts do not overcome obstacles, they build walls.

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