Greg Kahn/GRAIN Image of Steven Salaita from the Chronicle of Higher Education
September 3, 2014
‘A Growing Hunt for Heretics’? What is at stake in the Salaita affair
In a debate on the Salaita viewpoint cleansing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between Department of English Professors Feisal Mohamed and Cary Nelson, the former cites the initial defence of Professor Steven Salaita by the American Association of University Professors Illinois Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. This statement on August 6 affirmed that Steven Salaita’s firing was a reprehensible violation of the basic principles and standards of the AAUP. This is the excerpt from the Chronicle of Higher Education article. See here the entire article and the excerpt below:
Chancellor Wise’s actions have been widely condemned in the academic community and beyond. A Change.org petition very quickly gathered 17,000 signatures; some 1,700 academics have pledged to boycott our campus in protest, and in the case of many English professors, that boycott extends to the writing of tenure letters. The Modern Language Association has made an official statement denouncing the decision, as have the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Illinois chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and the national AAUP.