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.
It doesn’t look as though my own #MakeItHappen idea is going to go through, but here’s an update about one funded project that caught my attention and may appeal to you as well.
Dear 24/6 Audience and Friends,
As some of you may know, we’ve been working on an adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya combining it with a traditional Tu Bishvat seder. We’re thrilled to announce that we won the Schusterman Foundation’s Make It Happen micro-grant and will be premiering our Vanya at the JCC in Manhattan on Wednesday January 15th, 2013. To purchase tickets to the opening night performance go to: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/holidays?page=cat-content.
Uncle Vanya will have three more subsequent performances:
Thursday January 16th, 2013 we will be performing at NYU – location and information to be announced soon.
Sunday January 19th and Monday January 20th, 2013, we will be performing at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 43rd Street 8th Floor. Sunday at 1:30 pm and Monday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 if you RSVP in advance, and $20 at the door. To rsvp email us at email@example.com.
24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has a lot of exciting work planned for 2014 and to ensure our work goes on, we ask for your help. [Support us] with a tax-deductible contribution either via credit card at this link: https://www.thefield.org/Profile.aspx?SAID=2323 or for information how to contribute via check here: http://twentyfoursix.weebly.com/support-us.html.
Every donation great and small helps. We thank you in advance!
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!
24/6: A Jewish Theater Company
Uncle Vanya was made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant.#MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org
Statements excerpted here.
And institutions presented in alpha order here.
See also: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin on thanking these universities. I’ve been trying to so via Twitter. How about you?