Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Salaita Speaks Out

Inside Higher Ed
September 10th, 2014

After more than a month of public silence – even on the Twitter account that apparently cost him a job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Steven Salaita spoke out Tuesday. The would-have-been tenured professor of American Indian studies whose offer was pulled weeks before classes started staged an off-campus news conference and granted media interviews, asking for his job back.
“I am here to reaffirm my commitment to teaching and to a position with the American Indian studies program at [Illinois],” he said during a standing-room-only event at the University YMCA; most in attendance appeared to be supporters. “I reiterate the demand that the university recognize the importance of respecting the faculty’s hiring decision and reinstate me.” (A full transcript is available here.)
Salaita said the turmoil surrounding the university’s decision not to pass his faculty-backed candidacy on to the Board of Trustees for approval – considered by many in academe to be a formality – constituted a “teaching moment.” He added: “It is my sincere hope that I can – as a member of this academic institution – engage with the entire university community in a constructive conversation about the substance of my viewpoints on Palestinian human rights and about the values of academic freedom.”

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