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Assisting Fellow Scholars At Risk (SAR) & Scholars Rescue Funds (SRF)

Dear FA members, As you are most likely aware, over the summer a failed coup attempt in Turkey has led to an unprecedented crackdown on academic freedom in that country. Thousands of professors and teachers have been fired from their jobs, arrested, and/or threatened with prosecution in trials which will most likely fail to meet even the most minimum international standards of fairness. Sadly, the persecution of Turkish academics is not an aberration; around the world the number of scholars at risk of being fired, Read More +

FA Action on UC Chancellors’ Letter

As you may remember, on April 19, 2016 UC President Janet Napolitano sent a letter that was signed by all nine UC Chancellors to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) urging members not to ratify a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions. On April 25, 2016, the Board of the Faculty Association sent a letter to our Chancellor expressing our concern over the letter, its infringement on the principle of academic freedom, and the lack of consultation with UC faculty involved in his signing it. Upon Read More +

Faculty Letters to UC President & Chancellors on AAA/BDS Controversy

Article originally posted by Chris Newfield at Remaking the University We post two faculty responses to the letterthat the University of California’s president–in the company of all ten campus chancellors–sent to the American Anthropological Association to express their “concern about the Association’s proposed resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.” The AAA membership vote on the resolution opened on April 15th. Materials on the Association debate can be found at AAA Resources Regarding Engagement with Israel/Palestine. Letter 1, from Professor Fogu to Chancellor Yang, has been endorsed Read More +

SBFA Executive Board Letter to Chancellor Yang on AAA Controversy

Dear Chancellor Yang, As has our colleague (and former president of the Faculty Association), Claudio Fogu, we are writing to express our concern over your signing—along with the nine other UC Chancellors—a letter drafted by UC President Janet Napolitano, dated April 19, 2016, urging members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) not to ratify a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions.   We are fully aware of the fact that along with many other universities, the University of California, in the person of its president Read More +