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Letter from NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin Expressing Opposition to ASA Boycott Vote

December 20, 2013

To the Executive Committee of the American Studies Association:

We write on behalf of New York University to express our disappointment, disagreement, and opposition to the boycott advocated by your organization of Israeli academics and academic institutions.

This boycott is at heart a disavowal of the free exchange of ideas and the free association of scholars that undergird academic freedom; as such, it is antithetical to the values and tenets of institutions of advanced learning.

We urge your organization to overturn this boycott.

Sincerely,

John Sexton,
President

David McLaughlin,
Provost

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