Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scholars Vow to Stay Away From U. of Illinois Over Its Handling of Israel Critic

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 13th, 2014

Nearly 300 scholars have signed petitions pledging to stay away from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until it rescinds its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, whose appointment as a tenured professor of American Indian studies was blocked after he came under fire for tweets criticizing Israel’s military actions in Gaza.
Mr. Salaita had been offered the job, subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and had expected to begin work at Urbana-Champaign on Friday. On August 1, however, Phyllis M. Wise, the campus’s chancellor, and Christophe Pierre, the university system’s vice president for academic affairs, told him in a letter that they would not bring his appointment before the board for a vote.
They offered no explanation other than that “we believe that an affirmative board vote approving your appointment is unlikely.” The university has not commented further on the matter.

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