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Steven Salaita Fired

Professors' Rights to Free Speech at Risk Nationwide

Susan Kruth | Posted 11.26.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

For free speech advocates, the university's decision to renege on its agreement to hire Salaita reached its nadir with Chancellor Phyllis Wise's half-baked invocation of "civility" as some kind of justification for ditching the professor.

Civility and Its Discontents

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Brian Rosenberg

So long as no actual harm is caused and no one's opportunity to live and work in safety is threatened, rudeness, coarseness, and other varieties of incivility should not be forcibly excluded from a college community

Professor Who Lost Job Over Anti-Israel Tweets Lashes Out

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.10.2014 | College

A professor who left his position at another school to join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- only to see his job offer abruptly retra...

Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
David Moshman

I hope there will be justice for Professor Salaita, but we must distinguish his First Amendment right to free speech from the more general question of academic freedom.

A Meditation on Violent Language: Professor's Impassioned Tweets vs The University Memo

Lennard Davis | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Lennard Davis

Chancellor Phyllis Wise's letter to the campus was a prime example of violent language -- all the more violent because of its calm, rational, removed tone. This is the kind of bureaucratic language that has the power to do much more harm than an angry expletive posted about a war.

Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues

Brian Leiter | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Now that the University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the constitutional issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.

University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty

Brian Leiter | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees have now declared that the First Amendment does not apply to any tenured faculty at the University of Illinois.

Still Correct to Not Hire Anti-Israel Prof

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 10.12.2014 | College
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Yesterday, Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu wrote a response to my piece, in which he claims that I am either willfully ignorant or distort facts. Readers can sort much of this controversy for themselves. However, I would like to briefly address several of Palumbo-Liu's assertions.

A Reply to Nathaniel Zelinsky: 'Anti-Israel' Professor Shouldn't Have Been Fired

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Critics of UIUC's action do so not to defend someone critical of Israel -- it is to defend all scholars against the capricious will of administrators to deny employment to faculty who hold unpopular beliefs.

Anti-Israel Professor Shouldn't Have Gotten a Job

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Nathaniel Zelinsky

The Salaita case boils down to a simple question: did the University of Illinois have a right to not hire someone as a researcher and teacher because of his abhorrent political views?

University of Illinois Rejection of Anti-Israel Professor Shows How Faculty Power Is Eroding

Lennard Davis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Almost all job acceptance letters in the university contain a clause saying that appointment is contingent on approval by upper-level administrators and the Board of Trustees. Salaita failed to win the approval of that tier of the university.

Professor Apparently Loses Job Over Anti-Israel Tweets

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

An outspoken critic of Israel's role in the latest conflict in Gaza appears to have had his job offer at a major university retracted due to his tweet...