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Urbana-Champaign had rescinded a job offer to him for tweets critical of
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.