UC-SD Chancellor’s Statement on American Studies Association Israel Boycott

Khosla

From Inside Higher Ed today:

The chancellor of the University of California at San Diego has issued a statement in opposition to the American Studies Association’s resolution which backed the boycott of Israeli higher education institutions. 

“We affirm the right of the faculty to advance their scholarship and research through open dialogue with academic colleagues in all countries,” Pradeep K. Khosla said. “UC San Diego faculty collaborations draw on richly diverse ideas and views around the globe, including in the Middle East. Excluding scholars limits discussion and conflicts with the University of California’s highest aspirations.”

Source: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/12/20/chancellor-reacts-american-studies-boycott

The official statement is at http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/chancellors_statement_re_american_studies_association_resolution

It is likely that the Khosla statement will lead to responses from other UC chancellors and UC president Napolitano.  Or at least they will be asked.  Conceivably, it could be raised at the January Regents meeting.

Further background:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/12/17/american-studies-association-backs-boycott-israeli-universities