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Campus Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Problem of the BDS Movement

March 9, 2017 by ACTA Download PDF Press Release

Polarizing political beliefs are nothing new on campus, but the tactics employed by supporters of the BDS movement create new cause for concern, from the politicization of curricula and academic associations to efforts to silence Israeli speakers to overtly anti-Semitic behavior on campus. In a new essay, ACTA renews its call for the protection of campus free speech and free expression by warning trustees and higher education leaders about the threat to academic freedom from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. The report outlines ways to safeguard academic freedom and institutional neutrality and create a campus climate where a wide range of social and political thought is represented in important debates.


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