Wednesday, September 3, 2014

American Historical Assn. Urges U. of Illinois to Reverse Salaita Decision

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.

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