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American Studies Association

Activism in the Academy: #Ferguson2MLA and BDS

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 03.14.2015 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Younger scholars are both energized by the new forms of knowledge they are discovering and producing, and also more activist and engaged, less complacent in their academic lives. They also see the direct connection their academic subjects have with real life crises.

Back to the Future: American Studies' Noble Dreams

Jim Downs | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Jim Downs

ASA has opened a creative and intellectual space to cultivate scholars, and unlike other conferences, where most attendees spend their time at the hotel bar or touring the conference city, the sessions at the ASA are teeming with audience participants.

Yes, American Studies Includes Gaza

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

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.

Academic Boycotts and Counterboycotts

David Moshman | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
David Moshman

Many individuals and organizations have strongly opposed academic boycotts of Israel. Some have opposed all academic boycotts. Academic boycotts, they argue, violate the academic freedom of their academic targets. But are academic boycotts always wrong? Consider some recent examples.

Boycotting the Boycott: Sanity Prevails

Gail Reiss | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Gail Reiss

College campuses are the natural home of free thought. A boycott not only violates that freedom, it stifles the global dialogue and collaboration that Israeli universities actively engage in.

Hijacking American Academia

Walter Reich | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Walter Reich

An American academic organization is poised to begin sweeping a respected segment of American academia into the dustbin of intellectual and moral irrelevancy.

Paving a Path to Peace and Freedom: In Support of the American Studies Association

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

"Repugnant"; "Morally bankrupt"; "Orwellian anti-Semitism"; "politically correct' assault"; "Jihadist professors" ; "Wrong in principle, politically i...

Academic Boycotts Are Wrong -- This One May Lead to a Boycott of the ASA

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Peter D. Rosenstein

I would hope that the leaders of the ASA and other groups considering joining them would rethink their stance as they come under increasing pressure from individuals and academic institutions to do so.

A Look Ahead at 2014 in Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Comedy
Steve Nelson

Governor Rick Perry misses the press conference. His staff reports that he was still trying to '...figure out what all these numbers mean' and that he hadn't been able to get his hair ready in time.

Academic Israeli Boycott: Perspectives From Two Generations in Higher Education

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 03.01.2014 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

That some of my fellow academics have chosen to take a stand against the very intellectual exchange that we are committed to by definition as academics, I find hard to understand. It is contradictory to our scholarly code of conduct.

Boycott of Israeli Universities: A Repugnant Attack on Academic Freedom

Michael Roth | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Michael Roth

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.

The ASA Boycott of Israeli Universities: Defenses and Doubts

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Feisal G. Mohamed

Much of the commentary on the decision of the American Studies Association (ASA) to boycott Israeli universities has been incendiary. This is evident in the response of Larry Summers, who styled the boycott 'anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent.'

Why I Am Opposed to an Academic Boycott of Israel

Mark Rice | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Mark Rice

After more than a week of intensive discussion among a group of people I respect, the National Council of the ASA endorsed a call for an academic boycott of Israel.

US Army Recruiters' Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas: Military Excess in the Shadow of the Alamo

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Wachtell

Recently I visited San Antonio, Texas for the first time. I even went to the Alamo. My taxi driver from the airport, a middle-aged fellow from Cypru...