Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

March 2, 2009

Wednesday! Columbia & Palestine: Why Academic Freedom? Why Divestment?

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 5:47 am


Why Academic Freedom?
Why Divestment?

Wednesday, March 4th
7pm, Hamilton Hall 516

Speakers and moderators include:

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology
Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Gil Anidjar, Associate Professor, MEALAC
Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology

+ Columbia student Olivia Roseane, Palestinian human rights lawyer Lubna Hammad and Columbia College alum Ethan Heitner, active in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Click here to RSVP at our facebook event page.

Come to a forum discussing Columbia University’s relationship to Palestinian rights. Does the university have a responsibility to defend academic freedom in Gaza and the West Bank in the face of Israeli attacks on Palestinian schools and travel restrictions on Palestinian scholars? Does the university have a responsibility to divest from companies who profit from the the continued occupation of Palestinian lands, the maintenance of illegal Israeli settlements and the walls being built around Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem? Divestment campaigns played a major role in the international movement against apartheid in South Africa, what role can they play in ending apartheid conditions in Palestine?

Recently, a growing group of faculty, supported by students and community members have requested that University President Lee Bollinger issue a statement supporting academic freedom for Palestinian schools and scholars, especially given the numerous facilities, from elementary schools to colleges, destroyed by the recent bombing of Gaza.Columbia faculty will be speaking about why they have issued this call. Click here to view the faculty letter and register your support.

Additionally, students and community members from the New York City Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign will speak about the important role that the university and students can play in making sure that Columbia funds – including our tuition – do not go toward the maintenance of the Israeli occupation and human rights abuses in Gaza and the West Bank. If you’re interested in finding out more about the campaign, please attend!

Click here to see the list of student demands and sign our petition to the Columbia administration.

*And join us on Thursday, 3/5 from Noon – 1pm on Low Library Plaza where we’ll be having a Speakout for Transparency and Divestment!

For more information, or if your organization would like to endorse the student demands, please contact us at:


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