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Mass. university leaves American Studies Assn.

December 19, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Brandeis University has cut ties with the American Studies Association, days after the group voted to boycott Israeli universities.

Brandeis joins Penn State University at Harrisburg, which announced its withdrawal from the organization that on Monday voted for the academic boycott.

Brandeis’ American Studies Program says that the vote is “politicization of the discipline and a rebuke of the kind of open inquiry that a scholarly association should foster.”

Brandeis says it cannot support the organization it says has rejected two core American principles of freedom of association and expression.

Simon Bronner of Penn State University at Harrisburg said Thursday that his school’s withdrawal is intended to protect students, staff and faculty and express a concern that the American Studies Association in its recent actions has compromised the scholarly integrity of the field.

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