A statement signed by President Theobald and Provost Hai-Lung Dai opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association was released by the university Tuesday, Jan 7, joining more than 100 other national universities in denouncing the boycott.
According to the organization’s website, the ASA is “the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.” It has more than 5,000 individual members and 2,200 institutional subscribers to its journal, according to the website.
In December, the National Council of the ASA announced a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, citing support of Palestinian students. The ASA held a vote among its members, in which two thirds supported a resolution to boycott, according to a statement from the editors on the associations website.
“Rather than limiting its association with other institutions, Temple University calls upon the ASA to remain true to academic inquiry by engaging with those who have divergent views,” Tuesday’s statement read.
Ray Betzner, a spokesman for the university, said administration “cannot find any link” between the ASA and officials at the university or in the College of Liberal Arts. Betzner reiterated from the university’s statement that the school in not an active member of the ASA.