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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

Board of Trustees Officially Votes Against Salaita, and Salaita Responds

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees just concluded a meeting at which they formally voted to reject the appointment of Steven Salaita. However, the vote was not unanimous. Trustee … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

An Open Letter Supporting Salaita’s Dismissal, and a Critique

This morning, Sept. 11, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees will meet in Urbana, and the trustees show no signs of backing down from their support for the firing … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 9 Comments

Salaita Speaks Tomorrow, and Other Academic Freedom Events

Steven Salaita will be speaking in Urbana tomorrow, Tues. Sept 8, at a 12:30pm press conference at the University YMCA, 1001 S Wright St.  The press conference will follow an 11:30am … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Racist Professor at the University of Illinois

University of Illinois emeritus professor Robert Weissberg published an essay this week with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a right-wing think tank, in which he argues … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 26 Comments

Update on the Salaita Case, and a Sept. 11 Board (Non?) Vote

UPDATE: This report may not be accurate. English professor Ted Underwood just tweeted: Regret to say that last night’s report from students appears premature. Faculty have since met with Wise, … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 29 Comments

Christopher Kennedy Speaks on the Salaita Firing

Here’s what Christopher Kennedy, chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, told the Chicago Tribune in an article in today’s newspaper: “We create an environment appropriate for students … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 11 Comments

Why the Salaita Firing Violates University of Illinois Statutes

Most of the debate about why the firing of Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois was wrong has centered on three areas: contract law (he already had an effective … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 22 Comments

Did Donors Influence the Salaita Firing?

Inside Higher Ed has a lengthy story about the University of Illinois administration’s justifications for firing Steven Salaita. What’s really important about today’s story is this revelation that the top … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 7 Comments

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. The … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 56 Comments

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