BDS: The Current State of U.S. Campus Activism & the Academic Conscience


Add to My Calendar Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00am


CCR is proud to endorse an event by the Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism in coordination with the National Lawyers Guild to discuss the meaning of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and how the BDS movement on U.S. campuses and local communities has affected public discourse.

Join civil rights attorneys Barbara Harvey and Rima Najjar Kapitan for a discussion reinforcing the legitimacy of non-violent BDS against the Israeli Occupation, including the cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

Wednesday, Sept 18th at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
What: BDS: The Current State of U.S. Campus Activism and the Academic Discourse
Where: New York University School of Law - Vanderbilt Hall

Thursday, Sept 19th at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
What: BDS: The Current State of U.S. Campus Activism and the Academic Discourse
Where: Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, Room 205

Barbara Harvey will review the history, rationale and current landscape of the BDS movement on U.S. campuses and in communities, outlining evolving tactics, the impact of activists and their oppenents, and the impact of BDS on student free speech.

Rima Kapitan will argue that the academic boycott is central to the movement's success and is consistent with American values that merit global promotion. She will respond to critics of the academic boycott, focusing in particular on the position of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and arguing that the principles of the academic boycott are consistent with the methods the AAUP has used and endorsed, both legally and normatively, in other contexts. Finally, she will argue that both the tactics adn goals of the BDS movement should be geared towards opposing Zionism rather than towards merely ending the occupation.

Moderator: Abdeen Jabara, civil rights lawyer and former president and national vice-chairman of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

*This event is free and open to the public

Endorsed by: CCR, Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, Adalah-NY, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT)

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August 29, 2013