The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 18th, 2014
On a Friday night in early August, Corey Robin put out a call on his
blog. There had been plenty of grumbling over the University of
Illinois’s decision to revoke a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, who
gained notoriety for incendiary tweets about Israel. But it had not been
enough to persuade the university to reinstate the professor. So Mr.
Robin, a political theorist at the City University of New York’s
Brooklyn College, ratcheted up the pressure.
that scholars in every field begin organizing public statements
refusing to accept any invitations to speak on any campus of the
University of Illinois—a serious disruption of academic business.
"Nobody’s gonna do this," Mr. Robin remembers telling his wife, who
was reading in the bedroom of the Park Slope apartment that the couple
shares with a daughter and five cats.