“As if the humanities were not in sufficiently dire straits, as if our graduates did not already need to struggle to manage their debt and find jobs in a bleak economy, as if public institutions of higher learning had not already seen their budgets slashed over the past few years, you have added fuel to the flames by turning the world’s attention to the ASA’s proclivity to political activism over scholarship and the intellectual exchange of ideas.”
This is just one sentence in Sharon Ann Musher’s “Why I Left the American Studies Association,” a letter to the ASA leadership republished in The Times of Israel. Do read the entire piece.
Formerly called the Summer Media Fellowship in Journalism, Strategic Communications and Israel Advocacy, The Tower Tomorrow Fellowship offers a select group of university students (undergraduate and graduate) a challenging summer aimed at educating future journalists, writers and advocacy professionals in research, analysis, writing for publication, strategic communications and media management.
Working with world-class writers and media professionals, Fellows will learn about coverage of Israel and the region, meet with journalists, scholars, and diplomats, and undertake an intensive eight-week course.
I wish that I could apply for this program myself!
The program will take place in Washington and fellowships confer stipends of $2,500. The application deadline is March 21, 2014.
Arguing against an anti-Israel resolution that will be voted on tomorrow by members of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly, a group of scholars has prepared an extraordinarily thorough and essential document that I hope anyone who will be voting will take the time to read.
We are deeply committed to academic freedom of movement, the free exchange of ideas, and rigorous scholarship. Accordingly, we strongly oppose Resolution 2014-1, which fails to advance the first of these two principles in any meaningful way and which grossly violates the third principle by advancing a discriminatory agenda based on flawed information and lack of context.
For the rest, please read the full document.