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Ethnic Studies Division EC Endorses the Boycott Resolution

2 replies, 2 voices Last updated by  Rosemary G. Feal 4 years, 8 months ago
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    David C. Lloyd
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    @dclloyd

    Joining the Executive Committees of the West Asian Literatures Discussion Group, the Arabic Literature Division’s , and the Division on Marxism, Literature, and Society, the MLA’s Division on Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature Executive Committee has voted to support the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. MLA Members for Justice in Palestine are grateful for the support of all these divisions.

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    Rosemary G. Feal
    Participant
    @rfeal

    The members of these divisions have not voted to endorse a resolution, nor is it their purview to do so. Executive committee members of divisions have no authority to speak for the division’s members, and only the MLA Executive Council may speak on behalf of the association in any way. I will be contacting the executive committees of the divisions mentioned in David Lloyd’s post to explain how MLA governance works in this regard. Thank you.

    Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director

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    Rosemary G. Feal
    Participant
    @rfeal

    Please see this link:

    http://www.mla.org/policies_for_divisio

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