Ithaca College to Host Talk on Israel Academic Boycott


Contributed by Beth Harris

 Ithaca College will host a talk by Eric Cheyfitz, the Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University, on “Academic Freedom and the American Studies Association Academic Boycott of Israel.” His presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.


 Cheyfitz is a member of the American Studies Association (ASA), which voted last December to endorse a resolution supporting an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. Several academic organizations have called for such a boycott in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and what they consider the involvement of Israeli universities in supporting government policy. The ASA is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.


A supporter of the boycott decision, Cheyfitz teaches courses on American literatures, American Indian literatures and federal Indian law. From 2008–11 he served as director of Cornell’s American Indian Program.

His talk is cosponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity; the Departments of English and Politics; and the Park Center for Independent Media. For more information, contact Beth Harris, associate professor of politics, at

American Studies Association

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Beth Harris at or (607) 274-3517. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.