Ithaca College to Host Talk on Israel Academic Boycott

ITHACA, NY — 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 in 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 repressive 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 to 2011 he served as director of Cornell’s American Indian Program. His scholarship also focuses on multicultural diversity, the corporate university and academic freedom.

Cheyfitz’s 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

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College to Host Talk on Israel Academic Boycott.

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