More U.S. universities withdraw from ASA over academic boycott of Israel

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(JTA) — Two more American institutions of higher learning officially withdrew their memberships from the American Studies Association after its membership voted in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

Kenyon College and Indiana University on Monday joined Brandeis University and Penn State Harrisburg in canceling their memberships in the association. Dozens of other universities also have condemned the ASA boycott, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Maryland and New York University.

The executive committee of the Association of American Universities, composed of 60 public and private U.S. colleges and universities and two Canadian universities, issued a statement Dec. 20 opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Earlier this year, the Association for Asian American Studies announced it would mount an academic boycott of Israel. On Dec. 15, the Native American Studies Association urged its members to boycott Israeli educational institutions. The Modern Language Association next month will debate an academic boycott of Israel.

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  • December 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm
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    The MLA is one of many academic institutions that takes itself too, too seriously. They are not the only game in town. The MLA Guide is not the only reference available describing standards for proper use of material referenced in academic work. The Chicago Manual of Style has been around much longer and covers a wider range of categories–for example, MLA does not discuss the requirements for directly quoting and referencing Hebrew or Arabic. Chicago does! To the MLA and its kleine Teppichfresser board of directors, I say, “Er zol vaksen vi a tsibeleh, mit dem kop in drerd” for even considering a boycott!

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