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WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL?

The Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory Council is a fast-growing, diverse network of tenured professors, contingent faculty, independent scholars and graduate students invested for justice for Palestine. We have 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.

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Jewish Voice for Peace produced the report Stifling Dissent: How Israel’s Defenders Use False Charges of Anti-Semitism to Limit the Debate over Israel on Campus in the service of protecting and promoting freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of political expression on college campuses for all students and faculty. You can view the report here.

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STEERING COMMITTEE

THE COUNCIL’S STEERING COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF JUDITH BUTLER, DONNA NEVEL, JAMES SCHAMUS, KATHERINE FRANKE, REBECCA VILKOMERSON, AND RABBI ALISSA WISE. THE COUNCIL’S COORDINATOR IS TALLIE BEN-DANIEL.

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Judith Butler

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.

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Katherine Franke

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.

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Donna Nevel

Donna Nevel is a community psychologist and educator. She 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.

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James Schamus

James Schamus is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is an award-winning screenwriter and producer, 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.

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Rebecca Vilkomerson

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace and has been a member of JVP since 2001. She lived with her family in Israel from 2006-2009. In 2010 she was named one of the 50 most influential Jewish American leaders by the Forward, and was named one of “14 Women to Watch” in 2014.

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Rabbi Alissa Wise

Rabbi Alissa Wise is the Co-Director of Organizing at Jewish Voice for Peace, was the founding co-chair of the JVP Rabbinical Council, and the co-founder of the Nakba Education Project (NEP) which offers educational resources to an American audience about the history of the Nakba and its implications in Palestine/Israel today.

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Tallie Ben-Daniel

Tallie Ben-Daniel is the Academic Advisory Council Coordinator. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and still thinks of herself as a Los Angeleno, despite moving away in 2001. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at UC Davis in June of 2014, and is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Gay Capital: San Francisco, Tel Aviv and the Politics of Settler Colonialism.”

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