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MICUA Presidents Reject American Studies Association Boycott

On December 4, 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) passed a resolution endorsing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  As the Presidents of Maryland’s independent colleges and universities, we believe that such a boycott is antithetical to the principles of academic freedom, intellectual inquiry, and the open exchange of ideas to which we as educators have dedicated our professional careers and on which our institutions rest. Indeed, one of the primary responsibilities of the Academy, based on a long and honorable tradition, is to provide an opportunity and a venue for all voices to be heard in a respectful manner.

Further, the curtailing of discussion and dialogue, as this boycott demands, will not resolve any of the difficult challenges facing the Israeli and Palestinian peoples as they strive for a peaceful and just resolution of their differences.

In support of academic freedom, we the undersigned reject the ASA boycott of institutions of higher education in Israel and academic boycotts in general.

                        Dr. Michael T. Wood, President, Capitol College
                        Mr. Sanford J. Ungar, President, Goucher College
                        Dr. Ronald J. Volpe, President, Hood College
                        Mr. Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
                        Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., President, Loyola University Maryland
                        Mr. Fred Lazarus, IV, President, Maryland Institute College of Art
                        Dr. Roger Casey, President, McDaniel College
                        Dr. Thomas H. Powell, President, Mount St. Mary’s University
                        Rabbi Sheftel M. Neuberger, President, Ner Israel Rabbinical College
                        Dr. Joan Develin Coley, President, Notre Dame of Maryland University
                        Mr. Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John’s College
                        Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., President-Rector, St. Mary’s Seminary and University
                        Dr. Kevin J. Manning, President, Stevenson University
                        Dr. Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T., President, Washington Adventist University
                        Dr. Mitchell Reiss, President, Washington College
                        Ms. Tina Bjarekull, President, Maryland Independent College & University Association