TU opposes American Studies Association boycott of Israeli universities

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Statement issued by TU President Steadman Upham and Provost Roger Blais

The University of Tulsa is strongly opposed to the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli universities and the premise on which it was conceived.

The boycott curtails the very activity – academic freedom – that it claims to protect. The ASA effort impedes scholarly debate and intellectual exchange, which are among the most valuable of instruments when bridging differences and improving relationships among people and nations.

Effective, successful institutions of higher learning are founded upon the fundamental principle of academic freedom. As it has for more than a century, The University of Tulsa will continue to preserve and bolster spirited discourse surrounding ideas that sustain a vital and robust educational environment.

Mona Chamberlin