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Thursday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Lone Star D, JW Marriott

Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions

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Program arranged by the MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee. Presiding: Margaret W. Ferguson, Univ. of California, Davis

Speakers: Gabriel Noah Brahm, Northern Michigan Univ.; Rebecca Comay, Univ. of Toronto; Saree Makdisi, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; David Tse-chien Pan, Univ. of California, Irvine

Respondent: Stephanie Louise Kirk, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Perspectives on the proposed MLA resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Why call for such a boycott? What is the role of academic boycotts in a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions? What are the consequences of an institutional boycott for Palestinian and Israeli scholars and for the MLA and its membership?

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