SPME Research

What Will Be Next?: A Dangerous Climate for Scholars

Last week, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) cast a vote on a resolution to join the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Movement (BDS) against the State of Israel. Nadine Naber, one of the proponents of the resolution, spoke about advocating for…

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Steven Salaita: BDS’s Favorite Martyr

Steven Salaita, whose anti-Zionist/Semitic tweets and uncivil rants cost him a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), used a recent appearance in Philadelphia to portray himself as a victim of the Zionist lobby. The lecture was co-sponsored…

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The Quakers, No Friends of Israel

American religious history is filled with examples of faiths whose public perceptions defy deeper realities. The Quakers, for instance, are known as peaceful and supremely benign. Few suspect that one central mission is promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions, or…

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Salem on the Thames

Academics like to think of themselves as autonomous thinkers, and academia—meaning literally the protected realm of free speech—gives professors not only the right to speak their minds but also, via the institution of tenure, protection against losing their livelihoods by…

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