December 17, 2013
PROF. JACOBSON: Boycott, Divest and Sanction the American Studies Association. “ASA receives direct funding in the form of memberships from approximately 140 institutions (we are in the process of obtaining the list — Update: available here), and university money is used to fund travel and participation in ASA events. Some of that money is taxpayer supported when done through state universities.” I see that I’m on the same page as Larry Summers here.
Quoth Summers: “My hope would be that responsible university leaders will become very reluctant to see their universities’ funds used to finance faculty membership and faculty travel to an association that is showing itself not to be a scholarly association bur really more of a political tool.”