At this juncture in history it is critical for our country precisely to reassess its relations, to reappraise the knowledge with which we discuss and debate the bombardment of Gaza. If this means reconsidering with whom we build institutional relations (recall that the resolution says nothing about individual scholars), then this is a critical time to do so.
As president of Wesleyan, and as a historian, I deplore this politically retrograde resolution of the American Studies Assn. Under the guise of phony progressivism, the group has initiated an irresponsible attack on academic freedom. Others in academia should reject this call for an academic boycott.