The Progressive Magazine Quotes Kirstein News-Gazette op-ed

Matthew Rothschild in The Progressive has written an analytic article on the Steven Salaita blacklisting and firing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In it the article contains references to the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP) statement of support as issued by President Rudy Fichtenbaum and First Vice President and Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure Chair Henry Reichman, as well my comments in an op-ed in the News-Gazette of Urbana-Champaign:

On August 19, the chair of the AAUP’s Illinois committee on academic freedom, Peter Kirstein, wrote in the News-Gazette: “Academic freedom requires that both substance and from are protected speech when engaging in extramural utterances.” Kirstein was especially distressed by the way in which the chancellor rescinded Salaita’s job offer.

“In their egregious dismissal letter of Aug. 1, no reason is given why a contract offered ten months ago is voided,” he wrote. “It is unconscionable that an academician would be fired in this manner. . . . The absence of an explanation is one of the worst cases of administration abuse of a faculty member I have ever witnessed.” –

Howard Zinn, my advisor and professor at Boston University, was a frequent contributor to The Progressive. He would frequently mention it as a valuable resource in his classes. It is gratifying to be included in their venerable publication on a matter of such significant public concern.


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