Just a few weeks ago, the membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) voted to approve resolutions calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions of higher education, aligning itself with the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), which approved similar measures in the spring.
While we do not challenge the right of members of the academy to voice their viewpoints, we disagree strongly with the boycott votes of the ASA and the AAAS and believe that these resolutions represent a clear and substantive violation of the principles of academic freedom upon which all scholarship must be based.
Therefore, we reject the actions suggested in the resolutions and affirm our support for the rights of all academics to fully pursue their teaching and scholarship.
William D. Adams
Lori G. Kletzer
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty