AEN’s pamphlet series will address the primary concerns of the organization through adapted articles, lectures, and speeches. Authors include AEN members and other noted scholars and thinkers who contribute to the discourse on these subjects. Certain pamphlets may also be accompanied by discussions with the author in the form of recordings or podcasts.
Janet Freedman, Resident Scholar, Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center
AEN’s third pamphlet, “Feminism and Zionism,” expands on remarks made at AEN’s second national conference in 2017 by Janet Freedman, Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Freedman’s pamphlet describes her experiences at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), which passed a resolution supporting the BDS movement in 2015. As a Zionist and a founding member of the Jewish Caucus of the NWSA, she also writes of antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the association, and offers suggestions for how to confront these issues.
Feminism and Zionism by Janet Freedman (November 2017)
Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
AEN’s second pamphlet, “Conspiracy Pedagogy on Campus: BDS Advocacy and Academic Freedom,” is adapted from a keynote presentation at AEN’s first national conference by Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nelson’s pamphlet criticizes the “political corruption” of some humanities and social science disciplines that have elevated the rationale behind the BDS movement to an incontrovertible truth.
Conspiracy Pedagogy on Campus: BDS Advocacy and Academic Freedom by Cary Nelson (January 2017)
A podcast featuring a discussion with Nelson on similar themes, “Reflections from the Front: Cary Nelson on Israel, Academia and Combating BDS,” can be found here.
David Hirsh, Lecturer, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London
AEN’s first pamphlet, “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Antisemitism,” is adapted from a keynote presentation at AEN’s first national conference by David Hirsh, a Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the founder of Engage, a campaign against academic boycotts of Israel. Hirsh’s pamphlet emphasizes the need to return the discourse on Israel to the “democratic realm of rational politics” while opposing antisemitism on both the left and the right.
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Antisemitism by David Hirsh (December 2016)
A podcast featuring a discussion with Hirsh on similar themes, “Making Democracy Sexy: David Hirsh on Combating BDS and Antisemitism by Rediscovering Democracy,” can be found here.