Thursday, September 4, 2014

'A Growing Hunt for Heretics'?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 3rd, 2014

Steven G. Salaita was to begin his job as a tenured professor in American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in mid-August. But on August 1, Phyllis M. Wise, the chancellor, notified Salaita that she would not forward his appointment to the Board of Trustees, because an affirmative vote, she wrote, was "unlikely." Her decision has provoked considerable outrage.
Below, two professors from the university's English department, Feisal G. Mohamed and Cary Nelson, debate what’s at stake in the Salaita affair.

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