Reinstate Steven Salaita–a letter from US scholars who have traveled in Palestine

From: Cynthia Franklin Date: August 12, 2014 at 4:35:43 PM CDT To: pmwise@illinois.edu, rwarrior@illinois.edu, ais@illinois.edu Subject: Reinstate Steven Salaita--a letter from US scholars who have traveled in Palestine August 12, 2014 Dear Chancellor Wise: We write as American academics who have traveled to Palestine to establish scholarly connections with our colleagues in Palestinian universities and… Continue reading Reinstate Steven Salaita–a letter from US scholars who have traveled in Palestine

Steven Salaita: The University of Illinois Is Not an Island

Dear Chancellor Wise: It is with shock and great sadness that I write to you today, upon learning that you have rescinded a faculty position for Dr. Steven Salaita, intended to begin in just days. I will keep my comments brief, as I have little doubt that you are receiving a number of communiqués related… Continue reading Steven Salaita: The University of Illinois Is Not an Island

Steven Salaita: L’université d’Illinois n’est pas une île

version originale (langue anglaise): https://illusionofvolition.com/2014/08/06/steven-salaita-the-university-of-illinois-is-not-an-island/ Chère Madame la Chancelière Wise : C'est avec un sentiment de choc et de grande tristesse que je vous écris aujourd'hui, en apprenant que vous aviez annulé une position universitaire pour le Dr. Steven Salaita, qui devait commencer dans quelques jours. Je serai brève, parce que je ne doute pas que… Continue reading Steven Salaita: L’université d’Illinois n’est pas une île

The Battle for Justice in Evanston? Abunimah Book Talk Back On at Evanston Public Library

Yesterday morning, after reading a tweet from Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada describing how his book talk at the Evanston Public Library on August 11th had been summarily cancelled, I drafted a letter to the EPL's director, Karen Danzcak Lyons. In it, I expressed my concerns about this cancellation, which appeared to be without… Continue reading The Battle for Justice in Evanston? Abunimah Book Talk Back On at Evanston Public Library

A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk

EDITED - I posted a follow-up to this letter on 8/4. This morning, I learned of a disturbing situation unfolding in the northern Chicago suburbs - the backyard, it's worth noting, of the American Library Association. According to accounts by the Electronic Intifiada's Ali Abunimah, his upcoming book talk there, scheduled by an Evanston community… Continue reading A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk

A Visit to Palestine

I'm back stateside after a remarkable 12-day trip in Palestine with a group of nine other incredible and amazing scholars. During that time, I visited five Palestinian universities, met numerous professors and students and administrators, went to several incredible research and cultural organizations, met with people in their homes, visited amazing holy sites such as… Continue reading A Visit to Palestine

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