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Seven projects in Middle East studies have received NEH grants.
Letter to Israeli officials condemning the detention of Ubai Aboudi, a Palestinian-American scholar and Director of the Bisan Center for Research and Development, and calling for a halt to arbitrary raids of Palestinian civil and human rights organizations and abductions of their leaders.
Letter calling on President Trump to revoke the Executive Order on anti-Semitism, and expressing grave concern over this counterproductive approach to a real issue by relying upon a problematic definition with vague examples, which might encourage the Department of Education to infringe upon academic freedoms and restrict free speech on US campuses.
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The 2019 MESA Academic Freedom Award has been given to Canadian anthropologist Dr. Homa Hoodfar of Concordia University.
At its 53rd annual meeting in New Orleans, MESA's Board of Directors issued a statement affirming the protection of academic freedoms.
Letter to Iranian authorities protesting the detention of Dr. Roland Marchal since June 2019 with no formal charges filed against him.
Letter to Egyptian authorities expressing grave concerns regarding the arrest and sentencing of four Cairo University academics, as well as the mass roundup of peaceful demonstrators following the 20 September protest.
Letter to the King of Bahrain to protest the continuing detention and deteriorating health of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, a Bahraini professor of engineering sentenced to life in prison after taking part in peaceful political protests in 2011.
Letter to Israeli authorities protesting the arrests of Palestinian students and professors and demanding their immediate and unconditional release.
MESA and other scholarly organizations have written to Israeli authorities regarding procedures for visas and work permits for international academics working in Palestine.
Letter to the Egyptian government requesting that it end all probationary measures placed on University of Washington doctoral student, Walid Salem -- who was released from prison in December 2018 after 6 months in detention without any charges against him -- and allow him to travel freely and continue his work.
Fifth letter to Iranian authorities on behalf of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, expressing alarm over his recent transfer to an undisclosed location, raising new threats of torture and execution.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a two-year grant of $350,000 to UCLA to support a pilot project seeking to reframe how Middle Eastern studies are conceptualized and taught.