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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

The Debate Over Salaita and “No Means No”

The debate over the firing of Steven Salaita is not over. The criticism of the University of Illinois continues, although many defenders of the chancellor and trustees wish people would … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Koch Foundation and Academic Freedom

Richard Vedder argued at Forbes.com that in higher education, “the most invidious single violation of basic concepts of free expression of ideas is the attack on the Koch brothers, Charles … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Trustees Refuse to Reconsider Salaita’s Firing: “That Decision Is Final”

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today announced that it will never reconsider the dismissal of Steven Salaita, and it will not listen to any faculty committee about Salaita’s … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

University of Chicago Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression

The Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago has issued a report explaining why a university must have “lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation.” The … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

How Money Mattered in the Salaita Case

The CAFT report on the Salaita case has sparked another debate about whether donors influenced the decision, with Steven Lubet and Liel Leibovitz arguing that the report refutes the idea … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

What’s Wrong (and Right) about the CAFT Report on Salaita

The Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT), part of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Academic Senate, issued a report on Dec. 23 about the Steven Salaita case. The CAFT … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

UIUC Report Condemns Dismissal of Steven Salaita

The Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just issued a subcommittee “Report on the Investigation into the Matter of Steven Salaita.” The Report … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

“The AAUP’s Ludicrous Declaration”

In 1916, the New York Times denounced the newly-formed AAUP’s Declaration of Principles in an editorial that defined “Academic freedom” as “the inalienable right of every college instructor to make … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Misunderstanding Civility and the Salaita Case

Philosophy professor Joseph Levine argues in a New York Times blog that Steven Salaita was justified in violating standards of civility in a particular tweet about anyone who supports Israel during the attacks … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 13 Comments
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