At Trinity Conference, Academic Freedom Fiercely Defended

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funny, polite and fiercely unapologetic, Steven Salaita raged in defence of academic freedom and against the actions of Israel in Palestine in a much-hyped talk in Trinity this evening. The talk, which discussed the topic ‘Freedom to Boycott: Boycott, Divest, Sanctions and the Modern University’, centered around issues of freedom of speech in academia through the lense of Salaita’s experiences …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 11 September]

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TCD conference on boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In reference to the Trinity College conference on the academic boycott of Israel, Jeremy O’Friel asks whether ‘it will be following this with a series of conferences on similar boycotts of China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the other hundred-odd countries whose human rights violations exceed those in Israel’ (September 9th) …” (more)

[Raymond Deane, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Criticising Israel brings ‘lifetime punishment’, says US academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who became a test case for academic freedom in the US said he had no regrets for sending anti-Israel tweets. Dr Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American, sued the University of Illinois when they withdrew an offer for a position as associate professor following a number of tweets that he sent following the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity to hold conference on freedom of speech on the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College will hold a conference on the Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The case of the Academic boycott of Israel this Monday and Tuesday. The conference will take place in the Synge and Robert Emmet lecture theatres. The conference will be interdisciplinary, and will include law, the arts, social science and humanities. It will involve academics from Ireland and abroad with practical experience of the issues around freedom in higher education …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Conference on academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I note that Trinity College Dublin is to host a conference on the academic boycott of Israel (News, September 7th). I can only assume that it will be following this with a series of conferences on similar boycotts of China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe …” (more)

[Jeremy O’Friel, Irish Times, 9 September]

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TCD to host conference on academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who had an offer of a post withdrawn after a series of tweets protesting at the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 is to speak at a conference in Trinity College Dublin next week …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Israel and academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers wishes to draw attention to a ‘code of ethics’ being considered by the government in Israel for its academic institutions. It represents a threat not only to academic freedom but to Israel’s standing as a democracy …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Trinity to Host Conference on Academic Free Speech and Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A conference on free speech and the Israel-Palestine conflict will be held in Trinity this September. The once-peripheral issue has dominated recent discussion in College after the cancelled visit of the Israeli ambassador, which was branded an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’ …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 4 May]

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Call for Papers – Freedom of speech and Higher Education: The case of the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction …” (more)

[Academics for Palestine, 6 April]

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Controversial conference on Israel to go ahead in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The organisers of an academic conference on Israel and international law have said they are delighted that the event will go ahead at two venues in Cork city at the end of this month. The staging of the conference was in doubt after University College Cork objected to it, citing a number of concerns, including ones based on security …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 March]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Conor McCarthy (February 27th) criticises Israel’s embassy and Trinity’s provost for the stance they have taken in regards to free speech. At the same time, Students for Justice in Palestine claims it organised the protest because there would have been no balance if Ze’ev Boker, Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, had been allowed to address members of SoFIA (the Society for International Relations) as the sole speaker ‘with no opposing views being put forward’ …” (more)

[David M Abrahamson, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The members of Academics for Palestine have read with incredulity ‘Trinity condemns “unacceptable attack” on free speech’ (February 21st). The declarations of Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker, whose speech at Trinity College Dublin was cancelled after a student protest, and those of Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast, are a striking reversal of reality …” (more)

[Conor McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Trinity condemns ‘unacceptable attack’ on free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has condemned a protest that led to the cancellation of an event with the Israeli ambassador to Ireland as an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’. Ze’ev Boker was due to speak on Monday at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Oh no, not again – another heckler’s veto in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… I don’t have time to write a considered post about this right now, but I could not let it pass unremarked, so I will content myself for the time being with noting: oh no, not again.” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, cearta.ie, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An event at Trinity College Dublin involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker has been cancelled following a protest. Mr Boker was due to speak at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (Sofia) …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 February]

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International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Organising Committee of ‘The State of Israel and International Law: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility’ is delighted to confirm that the conference will take place in Cork March 31-April 2. We are aware that confusion has arisen about the timing and location of our event, due in part to inaccurate reporting in the press. We now warmly invite you to register …” (more)

[Conference website]

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Update on UCC Israeli Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The status of the conference has been the source of some confusion over conflicting reports and statements both in the press and on social media in recent weeks. In response to the confusion, the University has released a statement following a meeting of the University Management Team on the 16th of January …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 7 February]

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Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Kevin McCarthy attacks the projected University College Cork conference on ‘International Law and the State of Israel’ on the grounds that ‘the right of scholars to debate and discuss each other’s work … cannot happen if academics from Israeli institutions are boycotted from participation simply because they are deemed by some to hold indefensible opinions’ (January 27th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Academic freedom demands academic balance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mike Jennings (January 26th), general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has come out strongly against University College Cork’s decision to indefinitely postpone – on safety and security grounds – the proposed March conference, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Incoming UCC president open to Israel conference

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The incoming president of University College Cork has no opposition to a controversial conference on Israel taking place on the campus but he supports last week’s decision that forced its postponement. UCC has been accused of bowing to pressure over claims of an anti-Israeli imbalance in the list of speakers for the event …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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