Author Archives: Peter Kirstein

Kirstein on Comcast TV Public Perspective on Academic Freedom, Palestine and Adjunct Faculty

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Running with Muhammad Ali

I used to live in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, which is right on Lake Michigan. One early chilly, windy Sunday morning I was running south along Lake Shore Drive. LSD was to my right and I noticed occasional … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Paul L. DeVito

Dr Paul L. DeVito died suddenly and unexpectedly over the weekend of August 22-23, 2015. He had been provost at Saint Xavier University for two years. During his tenure, many witnessed a recrudescence of morale on campus, and an extraordinary … Continue reading

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Kirstein op-ed in Chicago Tribune’s Daily Southtown

This is a link to the op-ed with accompanying image. Was using the atomic bomb necessary to end WW II? – Daily Southtown Seventy years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, World War II became a nuclear war when an atomic … Continue reading

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Los Alamos Daily Post Publishes Kirstein Commentary on A-bomb at 70

The Los Alamos Daily Post published an op-ed on the 70th anniversary of the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Los Alamos was where the Little Boy and Fat Man uranium and plutonium core atomic bombs were built … Continue reading

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Op-ed on Steven Salaita Tenure Travesty at U of Illinois

The News-Gazette of Champaign, Illinois published today in its Sunday paper an op-ed I wrote on the meaning of the American Association of University Professors’ censure of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The censure resulted from the summary dismissal … Continue reading

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Kirstein Quoted in Inside Higher Ed on Salaita Vote of Censure

Inside Higher Ed broke the Steven Salaita tenure-firing on August 6, 2014. The reporter Colleen Flaherty wrote an exhaustive article on the annual meeting of the AAUP. She quotes me on stating controversy is a good thing. I am also … Continue reading

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University of Ill. Censure: Kirstein Quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

AAUP Censures U. of Illinois and 3 Other Colleges, Vows to Fight On in Wisconsin By Peter Schmidt Washington The American Association of University Professors voted overwhelmingly at its annual conference here on Saturday to censure the University of Illinois … Continue reading

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Decorated Air Force Academy Graduate Comments on My Battle for Academic Freedom

Dr Thomas Eller, awarded twice the Distinguished Flying Cross and a former professor and assistant dean at the Air Force Academy, was honoured with the 2014 Distinguished Graduates Award at the US Air Force Academy. He wanted my reflections on my … Continue reading

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Kirstein Cited in Mondoweiss on University of Illinois Faculty Panel Report

Article is exhaustive analysis of reaction to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure report “On the Matter of Steven Salaita.” I am mentioned as a critique of the report and its egregious failure to … Continue reading

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Kirstein Mentioned in Jim Dey Salaita Column in News-Gazette

I had published an op-ed critical of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure report that investigated the Steven Salaita firing from the UIUC. Their dismissal of charges that outside donors and supporters of Israel … Continue reading

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AAUP Sends Third Salaita Letter to Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise

This is the third letter that the American Association of University Professors has sent to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Wise that emanated from the Salaita hiring,  summary dismissal and suspension. The first letter was sent on August 29, 2014.  The … Continue reading

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U.N. Security Council Vote on the Palestinian State and the Samantha Power Puzzle

The treatment of the Palestinians is one of the great crimes in modern history. A people dispossessed by zionism and reduced to penury and colonialism. The right of Israel to exist is not open to question or debate, but the … Continue reading

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Kirstein Op-Ed in the News-Gazette on Salaita Panel at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This is the link to the op-ed I published on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure report on the Steven Salaita academic freedom travesty. In another publication, I emphasised that the committee showed a … Continue reading

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Socialism and Christmas! Eugene Victor Debs Freed and AAUP Lovejoy Years of Wartime Oppression

  Christmas Day, 1921, the prison gates opened and Eugene Victor Debs was free at last! Other than Dr King and Henry David Thoreau, the great Debs is perhaps America’s beset known political prisoner. He spend a lot more time in prison … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro and Malcolm X: great figures, great leaders

In 1960 the great liberator from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista arrived for a United Nations General Assembly meeting. Fidel Castro, one of the great leaders of our time and certainly one of the most successful communist heads of state, was staying … Continue reading

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Kirstein on Iymen Chehade Academic Freedom Case at I.E.A. Higher Ed Conference

Peter N. Kirstein Illinois Education Association Higher Education Conference October 11, 2014 at Elk Grove Village I speak today with one purpose: to demonstrate in a workshop manner why the Iymen Chehade case was successful and what is needed for similar … Continue reading

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Kirstein Remarks at Steven Salaita Columbia College Appearance

Carolina Sánchez – Columbia College Chronicle: Steven Salaita speaking, Iymen Chehade and Peter N. Kirstein Steven Salaita Panel, Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine: October 8, 2014 Columbia College Chicago. This is a link to a post on the event on the American Association … Continue reading

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Daily Illini on Salaita, Kirstein Panel

The Daily Illini references my blog post from AAUP Academe that I will be on an academic freedom panel with Steven Salaita and Iymen Chehade on October 8, 2014 at Columbia College Chicago. I had posted updates on Professor Salaita’s academic … Continue reading

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Steven Salaita to Speak on Several Chicago Campuses

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/events/1497447710508123/?ref=22&amp;_fb_noscript=1″ />Academic Freedom: The Struggle for Palestine on Campus Continues<meta http-equiv=”X-Frame-Options” content=”DENY” /> I am honoured to be on one of the panels at Columbia College on October 8 with Steven Salaita, fired from a tenured position … Continue reading

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Kirstein is now Contributor to AAUP Blog Academe

Professor Aaron Barlow, editor of the the American Association of University Professors’ blog Academe, has invited me to serve as a Contributor. To my readers, regular or occasional, I appreciate the support you have provided me during my own controversies as … Continue reading

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University of Iowa A.A.U.P. Supports Salaita in Letter to Phyllis Wise

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CHAPTER 2013-2014 Officers President: KATHERINE TACHAU, HISTORY Vice-President: JEFFREY COX, HISTORY Secretary: RICHARD VALENTINE, ENGINEERING Treasurer: KATHLEEN CLARK, NURSING Membership: FRANK DURHAM, JOURNALISM Open Letter to Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise of UIUC … Continue reading

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James Montgomery Votes for Salaita: A Trustee With Honour

University of Illinois Trustee James D. Montgomery UPDATE: the great, visionary trustee on YouTube: On this date, September 11, 2014, the viewpoint-cleansing mob of  the University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted to fire Professor Steven Salaita by a vote of 8-1. … Continue reading

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Gender and Women Studies et al. Vote No-Confidence at University of Illinois

My source  on the Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology and Geography  departments of votes of no-confidence and a demand for the restoration of the appointment of Steven Salaita was the Campus Faculty Association facebook page. It should be noted that … Continue reading

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A.A.U.P. Follow UP Letter to Chancellor Wise: Investigation May Follow

It is obvious that the American Association of University Professors is prepared to investigate the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If the faculty Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure issues a report that seeks restoration of Steven Salaita’s position … Continue reading

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Salaita Express: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Votes No-Confidence

Salaita Fair Treatment Express Swirls Across the Humanities at University of Illinois This is the statement of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures that expressed no-confidence in the viewpoint-cleansing policy of the administration at the University of Illinois … Continue reading

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Department of French and Italian Votes No Confidence at University of Illinois

The Salaita no-confidence tide has swept the humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The latest to show courage and commitment to the university’s own statutes and policies is the Department of French and Italian that has registered a … Continue reading

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Chancellor Wise v. University of Illinois Statutes

A little nomenclature. Private post-secondary institutions are governed by charters. Public colleges and universities are governed by statutes. Now that the day’s lesson has been completed, let us proceed. Numerous reports have suggested that the decision to void a contract … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Higher Ed Salaita Debate Cites Illinois AAUP

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 … Continue reading

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Chancellor Wise Concedes Errors in Salaita Persecution

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-09-04/chancellor-says-ui-must-fix-errors-hiring-process.html Phyllis M. Wise told the News-Gazette: Wise told The News-Gazette she has no plans to alter her decision, but said “there have been some errors in the process. People are on campus and working before their appointments are approved … Continue reading

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UIUC History Department Votes No Confidence

The History Department has joined the pro-Salaita no-confidence express at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This action represents the fifth program or department to register this action against Chancellor Phyllis Wise and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Others … Continue reading

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Salaita and AAUP Statement on Government

Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities is one of the seminal, classic documents of the American Association of University Professor. It was written in 1966 during the tumult of the Vietnam War when professors and students were demanding greater … Continue reading

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Better Late than never: A.H.A. Supports Salaita

The American Historical Association has written the following letter to Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign asking for the reversal of the summary dismissal of Steven G. Salaita that was initially proclaimed on August 1 and then subsequently on August … Continue reading

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Report: UIUC Wise to send Salaita file to Board

THERE HAVE BEEN SUBSEQUENT REPORTS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM UIUC INDICATING THE CHANCELLOR MAY NOT BE SENDING PROFESSOR SALAITA’S DOSSIER TO BOT. I KNOW IN THIS BUSINESS WHEN TO HEDGE. HENCE THE WORD “REPORT” AND “IT HAS BEEN REPORTED.”  IT WOULD … Continue reading

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