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 student walkout and rally on the quad.
The press conference will feature several speakers:
Professor Steven Salaita
Professor Robert Warrior, director of American Indian Studies UIUC
Maria LaHood, senior attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
Michael Rothberg, head of the English Department at UIUC, on behalf of the Modern Language Association (MLA)
Eman Ghanayem and Rico Kleinstein, students at UIUC
I think events like these are an important way to raise the visibility of concerns about the Salaita firing. In fact, I think there should be events and debates at colleges across the country, to analyze the meaning of academic freedom and discuss these issues.
I will be speaking on Weds. Sept 17 at noon at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL, about the Salaita case and Constitutional law. I’ll also be speaking on Mon. Sept. 22 at 7pm at UIUC at Allen Hall’s Unit One (I’ve been hoping to make this a debate, but so far I’ve been unable to find anyone in the administration or the faculty who supports the firing of Salaita and is willing to debate me).