The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 3rd, 2014
The leaders of the American Historical Association have urged the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to reverse its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, warning that the decision would “chill the intellectual atmosphere” at the university if allowed to stand.
The group’s leaders sent a letter
to Urbana-Champaign’s chancellor, Phyllis M. Wise, urging her to
reinstate the offer of a tenured professorship in the university’s
American Indian studies program to Mr. Salaita. The offer had been
contingent upon approval by the university’s Board of Trustees, and it
was blocked after he drew scrutiny for his tweets about Israel.