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Profiles in Moral Courage

In this silly season of an ethical conspicuous consumption that leads to boycotts of Israel (but of no other nation — are all of the others so perfect?), the scholars present on November 20, 2015 at the business meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) voted 1040-136 in favor of a resolution asking for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. A ballot of the full membership will take place online between April 15 and May 31. To date no Dartmouth faculty members have joined the effort, but to their credit two professors — Anthropology Professors Dale Eickelman and Sergei Kan — have signed petitions (here and here) against the resolution:

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Kan posted this comment after signing the second petition:

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The College’s Department of Anthropology consists of nine fulltime faculty and one lecturer.

Addendum: That the following admonition is of uncertain origin does not limit its essential truth: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.


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