Academic Advisory Council
The Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory Council is a fast-growing, interfaith, and diverse network of tenured professors, contingent faculty, independent scholars and graduate students invested for justice for Palestine that has come together to support and defend free inquiry and debate on campus.
At a time when such freedoms are coming under increasingly well-funded and organized attack from putatively “pro-Israel” organizations, the defense of robust speech on campus about Palestine and Israel, including speech critical of Israel, affirms the core values and freedoms at the heart of higher education’s mission.
To that end, the Council is developing working groups on issues of academic freedom, support groups for faculty, and educational materials as resources for faculty and students interested in teaching Israel/Palestine.
The Council’s Steering Committee consists of Judith Butler, Donna Nevel, James Schamus, Katherine Franke, and JVP's Co-Director of Organizing, Rabbi Alissa Wise.
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley and currently the Chair of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibilities and Academic Freedom.
Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, co-coordinates PARCEO, a participatory action research center. She’s been a long-time organizer for Palestinian-Israeli peace and justice; against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism; and for justice in public education.
James Schamus is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club.
Katherine Franke is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Director of the Open University Project, and a member of the steering committee of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
The Council’s Coordinator is Tallie Ben Daniel.
Please note that members of the JVP Academic Advisory Council may not endorse or support every action, campaign, or statement made by JVP.
If you are a professor, lecturer or a graduate student interested in joining, or to send the Academic Council a message, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statements by the Council: