Letter opposing boycott of Israeli academic institutions

To the UNH community, 

You may have heard in recent weeks that a small number of scholarly organizations, including the American Studies Association, have called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. I find this effort to be extremely troubling, indeed noxious, as I know do many of you.

Boycotts of this nature strike at the heart of academic freedom and threaten the open exchange of ideas that constitute the core of the academy.  Accordingly, I want you to know that UNH is joining with some 100 major higher education institutions across the country, including the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, in rejecting the boycott.

I would also note and applaud the strong statement in opposition to the boycott issued by the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors.  While those of us in academe, as elsewhere, have strong and contending views about many things, including the Middle East, we must hold fast to our common commitment that colleges and universities ever remain places of robust, civil and open conversation. 

Best regards,


Mark W. Huddleston