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Friday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 208, JW Marriott

What It Means for MLA Members to Support the Academic Boycott of Israel

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A special session. Presiding: Cynthia Franklin, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Speakers: Gina Dent, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Alex Lubin, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Bill V. Mullen, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette; Malini Johar Schueller, Univ. of Florida; Rajini Srikanth, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston

Respondent: Rima Najjar Merriman, Al Quds Univ.

Panelists with expertise in both the history and politics of boycott—and also with the guidelines for the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel—address common challenges and discuss questions that are ethical and practical about what it would mean for the MLA as an organization, and for individual members, to endorse the international movement to boycott Israeli universities.

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