Statement from President Regarding ASA Vote

Academic freedom and the scholarly exchange of ideas and research are core principles of higher education, principles that are firmly supported by Philadelphia University. Therefore, as President of Philadelphia University, I fully reject the recent call by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

This boycott, or any such boycott of academic institutions anywhere in the world, undermines exactly that which it claims to support: the free and open sharing of ideas. As such, it has no place in higher education, where the ability to share ideas between disciplines, across campuses and around the globe are central to the ideals of the academy.

Philadelphia University will continue to support our colleagues at institutions throughout the world in their missions to teach, learn and do research. It is this very mission that can do much to help make the world a better place for all.

Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D.


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