In recent action by the membership of the American Studies Association, a resolution was passed to endorse a Palestinian boycott of Israeli academic institutions. On behalf of Le Moyne College, I join other leaders of American higher education associations and institutions in opposing this boycott.
As an institution of higher education dedicated to academic freedom, Le Moyne College’s mission is not only to educate and inform but also to foster the examination of divergent ideas, perspectives and opinions. I respect the right of individual faculty members to follow their beliefs. However, as a Jesuit institution committed to the pursuit of knowledge, peace and justice, we cannot be supportive of a boycott that is contradictory to the very principles upon which we were founded.
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.