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ASA Boycott: The Dartmouth Three

Three members of the Dartmouth faculty have publicly supported the ASA boycott of Israeli academic institutions. According to The AMCHA Initiative, they are, from left to right, History Professor Russell Rickford, and Professors of Native American Studies Mishuana Goeman ‘94 and Bruce Duthu ‘80:

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While I defend the right of these faculty members to express their beliefs, I also endorse the right of senior figures in the academy (and anyone else) to criticize them for hateful, anti-intellectual views and mildly veiled anti-Semitism. If Phil Hanlon cannot speak plainly about the disgrace of the ASA’s call to boycott Israeli universities, let’s give the floor to Middlebury’s President Ron Liebowitz, who comments not only in his own name, but in the name of his college (only one member of the Middlebury faculty endorsed the ASA boycott: Yumna Siddiqi):

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The fact that two of the three members of the Dartmouth faculty who endorsed the boycott are alumni fills me with shame.

Addendum: I have written to the three Dartmouth faculty members who supported the ASA’s boycott to ask for the reasons behind their decision. No answer from them yet. I have only learned that Russell Rickford is not a member of the ASA and therefore had no vote in the boycott decision. He was, however, quoted in a Valley News article in support of the boycott.

Addendum: Stanford Professor of Comparative Literature David Palumbo-Liu, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, has written a detailed response to critics of the ASA boycott for the Huffington Post.

Addendum: A faithful reader writes in:

Mishuana Goeman is no longer a Dartmouth professor. I recall being a student in a class she taught in the Spring of 2009, and let’s just say she was not eager to leave. Why her faculty page hasn’t been updated I can’t tell you. A quick search of her LinkedIn profile [she is an Associate Prof at UCLA] shows that she departed to sunny Southern California five years ago.


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