Thursday, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Lone Star D, JW Marriott
The Academic Boycott: Taking Sides
Program arranged by the MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee. Presiding: Julie Rak, Univ. of Alberta
Speakers: Rachel S. Harris, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Sean Kennedy, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Monica Osborne, Pepperdine Univ.; Kenneth James Surin, Duke Univ.
A discussion of whether the MLA and all its members should commit to taking a side in the Israel-Palestine conflict through support of or opposition to a proposed boycott. Examinations of various perspectives in the conflict and the wider region as well as the relation of political advocacy to scholarship and the role of professional associations.