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March 11, 2014
I would like to disagree with your editorial "A chilling effect" (March 10). I believe that the central issue here is academic freedom. The American Studies Association (ASA), in theory an academic organization devoted to the study of the United States, has violated the essence of academic freedom, which is based on the free flow of ideas, by supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. By calling for the elimination of ties with Israeli colleges and universities, the ASA has taken a political stand which undermines academic freedom.
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NEWS
March 16, 2014
You published yet another misleading letter which claimed that the so-called "Palestinians" are the "actual victims" ( "American Studies Association debate ignores the real victims," March 13). There are 1 million Israeli citizens in the south of Israel who have been living in bomb shelters or within a 15-second dash of one for a decade now because "Palestinian victims" have been firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas for years. Over 50 rockets landed in Israeli towns just this week - a war crime if ever there was one. Who is the victim there and who is the criminal?
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, joined a group of other U.S. universities in opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions announced by the American Studies Association this week. The association, a group of about 5,000 American history and culture professors and scholars, said the boycott is aimed at Israeli policies infringing on human rights and the educational freedoms of Palestinians. Two thirds of the 1,252 members who voted on the resolution supported the boycott.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
There has been a lot of heated rhetoric recently about the American Studies Association boycott of Israel and academic freedom and a lot of wild accusations being tossed around, but on thing seems to be missing from this whole brouhaha ( "A chilling effect," March 10). People keep talking about "discrimination," but there doesn't seem to be any realization of who exactly is being discriminated against, with both supporters of Israel and supporters of academia claiming to be the "victims.
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By Jay Bernstein | January 2, 2014
Over 200 years ago, political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke memorably remarked: "The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. " This truism comes to mind when assessing the reaction of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to the recent vote by the American Studies Association (ASA) in favor of an academic boycott of Israel. The ASA, of which UMBC is an institutional member, is the nation's oldest and largest association dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of American history and culture.
NEWS
March 16, 2014
You published yet another misleading letter which claimed that the so-called "Palestinians" are the "actual victims" ( "American Studies Association debate ignores the real victims," March 13). There are 1 million Israeli citizens in the south of Israel who have been living in bomb shelters or within a 15-second dash of one for a decade now because "Palestinian victims" have been firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas for years. Over 50 rockets landed in Israeli towns just this week - a war crime if ever there was one. Who is the victim there and who is the criminal?
NEWS
February 16, 2014
I am thankful that Melani McAlister, an associate professor at George Washington University, is brave enough to write about the attempt to stifle the American Studies Association ("Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). Those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An anti-apartheid stance is based not on nationality but on ethics. Zionists need to learn the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Janice Kelly - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
February 16, 2014
Melani McAlister's column on the academic boycott of Israel echoed my own sentiments ( "Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). The proposed bills in Maryland would ban use of public college and university funds to support scholarly involvement in academic organizations that have voted to boycott Israel. I am a college professor who is not a member of the American Studies Association, since I teach in a science department. But the Maryland bills are a naked attempt to create a chilling effect on free academic discussion of the Israel-Palestine situation.
NEWS
March 10, 2014
The decisions taken by the American Studies Association, a small, relatively obscure scholarly organization devoted to the study of American history and culture, rarely resonate much beyond the ivied walls of academe. But earlier this year the group created an unaccustomed stir when its members voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a way of protesting that country's treatment of Palestinians. Supporters of the Jewish state were quick to denounce the move as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, a charge the ASA denied.
NEWS
November 1, 1991
&TCThomas Marshall, retired professor of English, diesA memorial service for Thomas F. Marshall, retired professor of English at Kent State University in Ohio and a former professor at Western Maryland College, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.Dr. Marshall, who was 83, died Oct. 20 of cancer at his home on Emory Road in Upperco.He moved to Upperco in 1972 after he was named professor emeritus at Kent State, where he chaired the English department from 1955 until 1962 and then was senior professor of American literature.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a pernicious undertaking that frequently targets academic organizations pressuring them to boycott and condemn Israel. Recently, as The Sun's editorial reports ( "A chilling effect," March 10), the BDS campaign has found its way into Maryland via the University of Maryland Baltimore County and its relationship with the American Studies Association. This ASA boycott unfairly punishes Israeli institutions and scholars for a political conflict that is out of their control and has been condemned by over 200 colleges and universities.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
I would like to disagree with your editorial "A chilling effect" (March 10). I believe that the central issue here is academic freedom. The American Studies Association (ASA), in theory an academic organization devoted to the study of the United States, has violated the essence of academic freedom, which is based on the free flow of ideas, by supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. By calling for the elimination of ties with Israeli colleges and universities, the ASA has taken a political stand which undermines academic freedom.
NEWS
March 10, 2014
The decisions taken by the American Studies Association, a small, relatively obscure scholarly organization devoted to the study of American history and culture, rarely resonate much beyond the ivied walls of academe. But earlier this year the group created an unaccustomed stir when its members voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a way of protesting that country's treatment of Palestinians. Supporters of the Jewish state were quick to denounce the move as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, a charge the ASA denied.
NEWS
By Bridget Kustin | February 24, 2014
"Freedom of expression is the heartbeat of our university," Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman declared in an email this month announcing a new Task Force on Academic Freedom that will formulate an "official set of principles that can give expression to our core values in this area. " The email makes the case for JHU's "special kinship with academic freedom" through one particular example: Philosophy professor Arthur Lovejoy's disagreement with a trustee while at Stanford had earned him a "troublemaker" reputation, but JHU hired him anyway.
NEWS
February 16, 2014
I am thankful that Melani McAlister, an associate professor at George Washington University, is brave enough to write about the attempt to stifle the American Studies Association ("Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). Those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An anti-apartheid stance is based not on nationality but on ethics. Zionists need to learn the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Janice Kelly - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
February 16, 2014
Melani McAlister's column on the academic boycott of Israel echoed my own sentiments ( "Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). The proposed bills in Maryland would ban use of public college and university funds to support scholarly involvement in academic organizations that have voted to boycott Israel. I am a college professor who is not a member of the American Studies Association, since I teach in a science department. But the Maryland bills are a naked attempt to create a chilling effect on free academic discussion of the Israel-Palestine situation.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a pernicious undertaking that frequently targets academic organizations pressuring them to boycott and condemn Israel. Recently, as The Sun's editorial reports ( "A chilling effect," March 10), the BDS campaign has found its way into Maryland via the University of Maryland Baltimore County and its relationship with the American Studies Association. This ASA boycott unfairly punishes Israeli institutions and scholars for a political conflict that is out of their control and has been condemned by over 200 colleges and universities.
NEWS
By Abe Novick | January 22, 2014
First it was the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that gave us a Bizarro swastika with its derivative logo. Now comes the inverted, spastic "quenelle" salute, a sort of reverse Heil Hitler, performed by pointing one arm toward the ground, palm down and touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand. The gesture was made popular by Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic stand up routines. The quenelle is spreading over the Internet like an underground Twerk, with fans of the comedian who developed it posting images online of themselves doing the move in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorial sites.
NEWS
By Abe Novick | January 22, 2014
First it was the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that gave us a Bizarro swastika with its derivative logo. Now comes the inverted, spastic "quenelle" salute, a sort of reverse Heil Hitler, performed by pointing one arm toward the ground, palm down and touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand. The gesture was made popular by Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic stand up routines. The quenelle is spreading over the Internet like an underground Twerk, with fans of the comedian who developed it posting images online of themselves doing the move in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorial sites.
NEWS
By Jay Bernstein | January 2, 2014
Over 200 years ago, political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke memorably remarked: "The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. " This truism comes to mind when assessing the reaction of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to the recent vote by the American Studies Association (ASA) in favor of an academic boycott of Israel. The ASA, of which UMBC is an institutional member, is the nation's oldest and largest association dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of American history and culture.
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