Letter to UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal re AAA letter
Dear Chancellor Blumenthal, 5 May 2016
We, the undersigned UCSC faculty, and in solidarity with the California Scholars for Academic Freedom, object to the letter that you, the nine other UC chancellors, and UC President Janet Napolitano sent on April 19, 2016 to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as it was conducting a membership vote on whether to ratify a resolution calling on the AAA to boycott Israeli academic institutions. In this letter, you and the other senior administrators of the University of California urge members of the AAA to vote against the resolution.
Regardless of the merits of the resolution itself, we believe it is inappropriate for UC senior administrators to interfere in this manner in a vote being undertaken by a professional scholarly association. Further, this interference has the potential to intimidate those who work and study at the University of California and may hold a different view on the resolution and on Israel- Palestine more broadly.
We also object to the fact that you have failed to consult with your own faculty on the wisdom of signing this letter.
We ask that in the future you honor the principle of shared governance and consult with the Academic Senate and the Santa Cruz Faculty Association before taking positions that may cast a chill on academic freedom.
Sincerely, Carla Freccero
Distinguished Professor, Literature & History of Consciousness Gail Hershatter
Distinguished Professor, History Deborah Gould
Associate Professor, Sociology
And 31 other signatories
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