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Fight Back!.

Salaita now has no job nor does his wife who quit her job in Virginia to support the family’s move, no personal home to live in, and no health insurance for their family, including their two year-old son.

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Missing the Point, Part 1

And the word has come down from on high.  Chancellor Wise has assured us of her absolute commitment to academic freedom–as long as ideas are “freely” expressed in a manner that she likes. 436 more words

Contingent Faculty

Chancellor decrees faculty at Illinois are subject to civility test; Trustees back her to the hilt

Chancellor Wise broke her long silence on the Salaita case by launching a frontal assault on academic freedom and shared governance. Her campus massmail of August 22 seems perfectly reasonable at first reading – this campus is generally a friendly and cordial place, and who would want to change that? 417 more words

University of Illinois Board of Trustees Statement on Salaita Case

In coordination with Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s letter defending the Steven Salaita firing, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees today issued a letter of support ( 1,372 more words

Academic Freedom

Usual Suspects Saying the Usual Things: Critiquing the Schmidt Report

This week the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a right-leaning group founded by Lynne Cheney (aka Darth Vader’s wife) released a report endorsed by a group of twenty-three trustees, administrators, and a handful of largely conservative faculty from elite institutions, headed by Benno Schmidt, former President of Yale University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY), entitled “ 1,729 more words


Chancellor Phyllis Wise Explains the Firing of Steven Salaita

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise has written an open letter to the campus (copied below) explaining her decision not to allow the hiring of Steven Salaita. 1,126 more words

Academic Freedom

A Letter from Robert Warrior

To my fellow members of the Campus Faculty Association and other colleagues at Illinois and beyond,

As American Indian Studies has been responding to unprecedented actions from the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre in our hiring of Steven Salaita as a tenured Associate Professor in our program, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and solidarity of the CFA, members of the Illinois faculty, thousands upon thousands of concerned academics around the world, and even more thousands of students and citizens from Illinois and around the world who value freedom from political interference in our research and teaching. 224 more words