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Statement on the ASA Boycott of Israel

Although Haverford College is not an institutional member of the American Studies Association, we write to express our opposition to their proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions because such an action is antithetical to the full expression of academic freedom. We fully support the statement issued by the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities in opposition to the boycott, which holds that “Efforts to address political issues, or to address restrictions on academic freedom, should not themselves infringe upon academic freedom.” We also acknowledge that individual members of our community have the right to their own opinions, including the right to support the actions of the ASA.

Daniel Weiss, President

Kimberly Benston, Provost

Martha Denney, Dean of the College

Chris Mills, Assistant Vice President for College Communications

Dick Wynn, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Jess Lord, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Mike Casel, Chief Investment Officer

Joe Spadaro, Chief Information Officer

Jesse Lytle, Chief of Staff

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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