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A Statement of Concern from The Board of the Free Speech Movement Archives
April 4, 2015

To: NYU President John Sexton;
NYU President-designate Andrew Hamilton

The dictionary defines academic freedom as the "liberty to teach, pursue, and discuss knowledge without restriction or interference."

On March 15, 2015, that freedom was squelched by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when it prevented NYU Professor Andrew Ross from boarding a flight from New York to Abu Dhabi, where he hoped to investigate local labor practices – including the reported exploitation of migrant workers contracted to build the university's campus in Abu Dhabi.

Though the UAE cited "security concerns" as the reason for the ban, it is evident that Professor Ross was barred from making this research trip because he has spoken openly of the role of Emirati and foreign employers in perpetuating the systemic abuses of workers in the Emirates and other Gulf states.

The board of the Free Speech Movement Archive condemns this violation of academic freedom and urges NYU's President to protest this violation and to demand the restoration of academic freedom as a condition for its continued participation in the operations of the Abu Dhabi campus.

As veterans and historians of Berkeley's historic Free Speech Movement, we know that the free exchange of ideas is a precious liberty that can only be won and preserved through struggle. Now is the time for NYU to show its commitment to that struggle and to freedom itself.

The Free Speech Movement Archives was founded by veterans of the UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement. The FSM-A website has been cited in The Infography as one of the most excellent sources of information available for learning about "Social Movements of the 1960s."

This statement represents a majority consensus of the FSM Archives Board.


December 3, 1964: Jim Jumblatt photo
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Occupied Sproul Hall. F S M signs by Peter Wiesner

November 20, 1964: March to Regents' Meeting
L to R: Mona Hutchin, Ron Anastasi, ... John Leggett, John Searle, Michael Rossman, Jack Weinberg, Sallie Shawl, Mario Savio, Ken Cloke.
Bob Johnson photo ©FSM Archives All rights reserved
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Jackie Goldberg speaks atop police car
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The Free Speech Movement Archives has been cited in The Infography as one of the most excellent sources of information available for learning about "Social Movements of the 1960s."



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