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Hitchcock '64 Calls for Upholding Academic Freedoms

Karen Hitchcock '64 advocates on WAMC Northeast Public Radio for adhering to strict academic freedom even in the face of delicate topics such as recent calls for boycotting Israeli universities. Hitchcock says actions such as this would restrict "the kind of intellectual exchange which can only help to break down cultural and political barriers."

In January, President William L. Fox '75 joined the presidents of the New York Six Consortium in rejecting the American Studies Association’s call for a boycott of academic institutions in Israel.

Hitchcock was president of the State University of New York at Albany from 1996-2004, after which she went on to lead Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Hitchcock received an honorary degree from St. Lawrence University in 2004. She currently serves as special advisor in the consulting firm, Park Strategies, LLC.

Listen and read her opinion piece.