Another Hotel Controversy for a Scholarly Association
- Protest at History Meeting
- Historians Reject Proposed Boycott
- Quick Takes: New Research Rules Urged at VCU, Ads Banned From History Course, Savings Decline, Another Conference Location Controversy, Vanderbilt Replaces Loans With Grants, 'Working Mother' Honors Cornell and Harvard, Tidings from IRS, Beheaded Croc
- Quick Takes: Law School Group Responds to Boycott Threat, Security Breach at Princeton Review, Fast Start for Federal Rule Making, Promoting Honest Talk on Drinking, Realities of Drinking in a College Town, Lawsuit Attacks Women's Studies
- MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom has rejected boycotts, while condemning abuses in Israel and beyond
The Middle East Studies Association has become the latest scholarly organization to face criticism for plans to hold a meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in San Diego, which is the subject of a boycott by some gay rights and labor groups, angry over the owner's large contributions to the fight against gay marriage. The association issued a statement indicating that it was not moving its meeting. The board said that it surveyed members, received a large number of answers and found the following: "Of those who did respond, fully 71 percent indicated that they would attend the meeting at the hotel. Many respondents also expressed the opinion that MESA should adhere to its mission of fostering the study of the Middle East and that the Board of Directors should exercise due financial responsibility with regard to the association’s finances. Many respondents also suggested that, in any case, it would be impossible for the Association to reflect the diverse views of its entire membership with regard to a whole host of political and social issues." The American Historical Association met at the hotel this month, leading to a rally against using the facility.