Temple University statement on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Temple University has a long history as an advocate for academic freedom. While Temple University is not an active member of the American Studies Association (ASA), we strongly oppose the ASA’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Indeed, rather than limiting its association with other institutions, Temple University calls upon the ASA to remain true to academic inquiry by engaging with those who have divergent views. In this stand, Temple University supports the American Association of University Professors’ position on this issue.

Only by engaging with one another can we build a deeper level of understanding and live up to the highest ideals of the worldwide academic community. 


Neil D. Theobald
President, Temple University


Hai-Lung Dai
Provost, Temple University