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HRW fails on the military dictatorship

Human Rights Watch is wasting its collective breath on Thailand’s military dictatorship. Declaring that the “Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression,” really is a waste of time and effort. 375 more words

Chris Kennedy: "We Did the Right Thing"

Christopher Kennedy, chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has never responded to my request for him to debate me when I speak on Monday in Urbana (Sept. 863 more words

Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom, Scholar-Activism and the Smoke Screen of Civility


The expectation of “civility” and “collegiality” as necessary virtues for academics as well as recent criticism, and firings, of scholar-activists deemed intemperate and thus unfit for the classroom is a smoke screen to obscure a concerted backlash against the practice of scholar-activism. 3,117 more words

Political Activism

Librarians & Academic Freedom

The last month or so my own institution, the University of Illinois, has received a lot of publicity due to the Salaita case.  For those who are unaware of the basic facts, here is a brief summary: 756 more words

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Academic Avenger No. 9: Civilidy!

Today’s adventure was inspired by the current debate about “civility” and academic freedom, including but not limited to

  • the decision by Chancellor Phyllis Wise at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to revoke a written job offer of a tenured professorship made to Steven G.
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Academic Avenger

September 18, 1894 (a Tuesday)

On this date, the trial committee in the case of Professor Richard T. Ely submitted its final report to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin. 428 more words


Faculty matters: Before, during, and beyond the Salaita case

(Originally published in the Daily Illini on 9/15/14)

The Board of Trustees’ unfavorable vote against Steven Salaita’s job offer of a tenured associate professor position at our institution has diminished the academic integrity of the promotion and tenure review process at the University. 1,132 more words

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