Statement on ASA Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 4:49 pm.

Central to our mission statement is Bryn Mawr College’s belief that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world. We are a community that respects differing views and one that emphasizes learning through conversation and collaboration. Therefore, Bryn Mawr College opposes the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel because it is in opposition to academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas that is at the core of our intellectual enterprise.  We respect the fact that individual members of our community have the right to alternative views, including the right to support the positions of the ASA.

Throughout the years many members of our community—faculty, students, and staff—have collaborated with peers from throughout the world, including those in Israel. Bryn Mawr College will continue to support international collaboration and to seek new opportunities with Israeli scholars, colleges, and universities.

 

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