Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steven Salaita’s New (Temporary) Career: Public Speaker

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 28th, 2014

As Steven G. Salaita prepared for a public lecture at Centenary College of Louisiana in late September, he was nervous. It was his first presentation about his scholarship since the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had rescinded a job offer to him for tweets critical of Israel.
A month later, those public-speaking jitters have mostly subsided. Mr. Salaita has presented on nearly a dozen campuses since Illinois’s Board of Trustees officially denied him the position, and the media frenzy around his case has calmed.
But a whole new set of worries sits on the horizon: While Mr. Salaita has been able to keep busy through his newfound celebrity status, it will eventually fade. In the end, he acknowledges, he is unemployed and unsure of his next move.

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