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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

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. … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Another Bad Argument Against Salaita’s Hiring

Eric Zorn, a liberal columnist for the Chicago Tribune, argues today that Steven Salaita’s First Amendment rights “remain intact” and “academic freedom is not under assault.” He is wrong. Here’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

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 · 28 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
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