Thursday, January 5, 2012

Penn and the National BDS Conference

There is going to be a national conference on BDS to be held at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted by a student group PennBDS. The University has issued a statement distancing itself from the conference. I wrote a supportive note to the University and received a very nice response.

Divest This! had a very interesting exchange with one of the PennBDS organizers in the comments section of this post. The whole exchange has encouraged him to take on the gargantuan task of writing a response for every topic to be discussed at the conference. Quite an undertaking! You can follow his efforts at PennBDS-Oy!

I can't wait to see it.  Here we will be pro-active, topic-by-topic. 

Here is the statement from the University of Pennsylvania:

Penn Statement on Planned BDS Conference

A campus student group, Penn BDS, is planning a national conference in February that will encourage boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

This is not an event sponsored by the University. The event is being sponsored by a registered student group, as is permitted of any student group on campus.

The University of Pennsylvania has clearly stated on numerous occasions that it does not support sanctions or boycotts against Israel. Indeed, Penn has important and successful scholarly collaborations with Israeli institutions that touch on many areas of our academic enterprise.

Penn has always supported free expression and the free exchange of ideas. These are essential elements of a great university. These principles apply to this event, as they would any other student event, whether or not we agree with or condone the message BDS seeks to communicate.

University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall, Room 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6380

President Amy Gutmann

1 comment:

  1. Thank you
    Barb for starting off the year so well. I hope your efforts will be rewarded.
    This post is more like part 2 of "Yet Another BDS Fail" post you wrote on Sun 12-25-2012.
    Please keep us updated on the issue.
    thank you


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