Chancellor J. Keith Motley issued a statement this week on the proposed boycott of academic institutions in Israel by the American Studies Association:
“The University of Massachusetts Boston strongly opposes the boycott of Israeli academic institutions announced by the American Studies Association. Higher education is built upon a free and respectful exchange of ideas. Any action that seeks to inhibit this flow of knowledge, or to prevent academic collaborations, stands in direct contrast to our mission.
“Part of our duty as educators is to address topics that are uncomfortable or provocative, which is only possible when we are protected by the principles of academic freedom.
“Some members of our community may have different opinions on the ASA’s decision. We endorse the right of our students, faculty, and staff to advocate for their views in a respectful way. As an institution, however, we are resolute in our opposition to the boycott.”