Forty Years of Dr. Linda C. Smith – A Tribute to Her Living Legacy

The following was written to be included in a memory book offered to Dr. Linda C. Smith on the occasion of her 40th anniversary at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (formerly known as the Graduate School of Library and Information Science). She received her memory book at a recent faculty… Continue reading Forty Years of Dr. Linda C. Smith – A Tribute to Her Living Legacy

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

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Dear Chancellor Wise: It is with shock and great sadness that I write to you today, upon learning that you have rescinded a faculty position for Dr.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 Trouble with “Ethics”

If you are an employee of a higher education institution, you can likely set your watch by it: the dread annual ethics test. Usually presented as a self-paced, online "learning module," the test is designed, ostensibly, to measure your ability to deal with complex workplace situations. Some of the situations require use of your best… Continue reading The Trouble with “Ethics”

NCSA Mosaic is 20

Today, the IEEE Computer Society reported, via its Facebook page, on the 20th anniversary of NCSA Mosaic. This web browser, developed at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications, was distributed free of charge and its GUI interface was largely credited with sparking widespread interest in the Web. As I reflect on my… Continue reading NCSA Mosaic is 20