In Error, The University of Illinois Stands Alone: A Letter to the Board of Trustees

Esteemed Board of Trustees: My name is Sarah Roberts; I am a University of Illinois alumna and now an Assistant Professor at another institution. On the morning of August 6th, I wrote to Chancellor Wise to share my grave concern over the situation of Steven Salaita, and her unwillingness to honor his signed contract just… Continue reading In Error, The University of Illinois Stands Alone: A Letter to the Board of Trustees

The Turning Tide: The ASA and Call for Academic Boycott of Israel

I have followed with great interest the events of the past several weeks, as the American Studies Association put forward its historic resolution to honor calls from Palestinian civil society for an academic boycott of Israel. The process underwent more democratic engagement of membership than any other in that body’s history; while the resolution passed the ASA Council… Continue reading The Turning Tide: The ASA and Call for Academic Boycott of Israel

Mr. Mandela

My mother grew up with brutality of the Vietnam war airing each evening on the nightly news. In my generation, the nightly news broadcast brutality and atrocities from Reagan's Central America, the Pinochet regime in Chile, and, of course Apartheid-era South Africa. I recall watching thousands upon thousands of Black South Africans linked arm and… Continue reading Mr. Mandela