Category Archives: Academia/Academic Freedom

Salaita Case and Board of Trustees Exceeding Authority

  I allege that the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois exceeded its statutory authority in denying Steven Salaita a promised appointment, that was virtually finalised ten months ago on October 9, 2013 with a signed-contract acceptance. The … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Higher Education Links Kirstein Blog Posts on Salaita

Nick DeSantis wrote an article, “Scholars Sound Alarms About Being Judged on Their Civility” that appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It surveys commentary on the tenure-travesty dismissal of Steven G. Salaita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This … Continue reading

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U of I Campus Faculty Association Resist Salaita Persecution

  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Faculty Association (C.F.A.) has responded to the coordinated viewpoint cleansing and firing of Professor Steven G. Salaita, a tenured associate professor in the American Indian Studies Program. Yesterday, the chancellor and all the … Continue reading

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Piling On: Wise Firing of Salaita Backed by Administration {Updated}

I think it reasonable to assume that the August 1 letter of dismissal that University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs, sent to Steven Salaita was vetted by the executive committee of the board … Continue reading

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Chancellor Wise “Defends” Decision to Fire Salaita {Update}

  Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  has just released this statement on the blacklisting of Dr. Steven Salaita for tweeting against Israeli military actions in Gaza. It comes after these preambular comments on this … Continue reading

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Stanford’s Palumbo-Liu Quotes Illinois AAUP in Salaita Aljazeera Article

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University. He has written for Aljazeera a most significant opinion piece for the restoration of the tenured position that was promised to Steven G. Salaita at the University of Illinois … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Kirstein and Burbules e-mail Exchange: Salaita Op-Eds

Nick Burbules, co-author of op-ed supporting the firing of Steven Salaita Professor Nick Burbules of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign e-mailed me this morning. He co-authored an op-ed with Professor Joyce Tolliver in the News-Gazette that supported the firing of … Continue reading

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Competing Op-Eds in News Gazette on Salaita Academic Freedom Case

Competing opinions of three professors on the Salaita-firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were published in The News-Gazette of Urbana-Champaign. It is interesting that two professors at the university, Joyce Tolliver and Nick Burbules, support the non-appointment … Continue reading

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M.L.A. Supports Salaita: Endorses AAUP Position

The Modern Language Association (M.L.A) is one of the largest academic organisations in the world. It consists of teachers of language and literature and has supported Steven Salaita in his struggle for justice, following the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign violation … Continue reading

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Jonathan Turley Cites Kirstein Role in Salaita Travesty

Jonathan Turley is J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law; Director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center; Executive Director, Project for Older Prisoners at George Washington University. He is one of the nation’s leading constitutional lawyers and legal … Continue reading

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Full Text: University of Illinois Letter of Firing to Salaita

The following is typed word-for-word copy from a PDF letter of dismissal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Professor Salaita. I have excised some of the letterhead and the addresses at the bottom. Note, no reason is given for such a … Continue reading

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Steven Salaita Appointment Included AAUP 1940 Statement

I have seen scanned pdf copies of the actual documents sent to Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that range from his proffer of an appointment to the egregious notification that the appointment would not be submitted to the … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Cites Illinois Committee A Salaita Statement

The Wall Street Journal article cites the statement on the Steven Salaita firing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of the American Association of University Professors Illinois Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. I am chair of the commitee. … Continue reading

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Washington Post References, Links ILL AAUP Salaita Statement

As the firing of Associate Professor Steven Salaita becomes one of the most widely covered education stories of the year, the Washington Post has also referenced the Illinois Conference of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. This … Continue reading

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Steven Lubet’s Op-Ed Challenged in Chicago Tribune

Jodi Cohen reported in the Chicago Tribune that the University of Illinois Board of Trustees’ next scheduled meeting is September, 2014. This meeting would be several weeks after the beginning of the fall semester and nine months after Steven Salaita … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune on Salaita Case and Kirstein, Illinois AAUP Role

Chicago Tribune reporter Jodi S. Cohen This is a link to the richly sourced Jodi Cohen piece on the Steven Salaita dismissal and firing travesty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am quoted in the article as defending Professor Salaita from … Continue reading

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Richmond Times-Dispatch Cites Kirstein on Salaita Firing at Illinois

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has run the Tonia Moxley piece that previously appeared in the Roanoke Times on the University of Illinois hiring-reversal travesty of Steven Salaita. This is the link to the article. Professor Salaita resigned a tenured position at Virginia Polytechnic Institute … Continue reading

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University of Illinois Kaler Remains Mum on Salaita Firing

I tried what others have done with similar lack of success. I asked Robin Kaler, Associate Chancellor, Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to comment on the Professor Steven Salaita contract reversal and dismissal. Before I replicate the email, I concur … Continue reading

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Kirstein in Chicago Reader on Salaita Travesty

Deanna Isaacs article on Salaita case at University of Illinois and Illinois AAUP role in supporting his academic freedom in the so-called land of the free, home of the brave! Graphic language within this post is derived from the article in The Chicago Reader.  Did … Continue reading

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Kirstein Illinois AAUP Report in Roanoke Times (Salaita Affair)

This is the article in the Roanoke Times on the Steven Salaita firing. Tonia Moxley has covered the Steven Salaita tweets for years and is an authority on his career and struggles against the thought police. She is one of the … Continue reading

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Cary Nelson, Salaita and Speaking for AAUP

Cary Nelson and I are friends but have significant disagreement on the academic freedom limits of opposition to Israeli policy and military action related to Palestine. We disagree on the Salaita case since I wrote with Committee A (Illinois) on … Continue reading

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Prior Salaita Battles at Virginia Tech Against Thought Police

Need we parrot this mantra to keep our jobs and “defend” our freedoms?   Professor Steven Salaita prior to his egregious termination at the University of Illinois, was frequently subjected to public outrage for his daring rhetoric in challenging American … Continue reading

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CNN Cites Illinois AAUP Committee A Report on Salaita Case

CNN has cited Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure report on the Salaita case.  Peter N. Kirstein is the committee’s  chair and contact person for any information concerning our report. kirstein@sxu.edu (CNN) — A pro-Palestinian college professor’s tenure offer … Continue reading

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Salaita Case as a Warning for Prospective Hires

Not so fast University of Illinois!! While the apparent firing or refusal to honour a contract based on tweets appears to be the crux of the travesty in the University of Illinois dismissal of Professor Steven Salaita, this should be … Continue reading

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Professor Salaita Apparently is Gagged: Free Advice

I was told while being interviewed by the Roanoke Times in Virginia that Steven Salaita had tweeted the reporter that he had been “gagged.” My guess is he has an attorney. If he is reading this, you are smart to remain silent. … Continue reading

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Kirstein Interviewed on WILL: NPR/PBS at University of Illinois

On August 7 Jim Meadows a reporter at WILL Radio in Urbana interviewed me by telephone on the Professor Salaita appointment travesty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The station is part of NPR and also includes a television station. This is … Continue reading

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Illinois Committee A E-mail to U of I Chancellor re Salaita Debacle

From: Kirstein, Peter N. Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:22 AM To: pmwise@illinois.edu Cc: Subject: Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure Statement of Salaita Firing Chancellor Phyllis Wise​                               … Continue reading

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AAUP Blog Publishes Ill AAUP Statement on U of I Salaita Firing

Academe Blog of the American Association of University Professors Steven Salaita, denied academic freedom CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIR PETER N KIRSTEIN kirstein@sxu.edu Illinois AAUP Committee A Statement on Steven Salaita and UIUC The following is a statement by the Illinois AAUP Committee … Continue reading

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Illinois AAUP Committee A on University of Illinois and Steven Salaita Appointment

contact kirstein@sxu.edu August 6, 2014 The Illinois Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors supports the honoring of the appointment of Steven G. Salaita in the American Indian Studies program at the … Continue reading

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Kirstein Interview on Palestine and Academic Freedom

I was interviewed by Ray Hanania on Arab Daily News at 2:00 pm. I will be interviewed on Yahala Voice radio AM 1450 in Chicago today with Nesreen Balhut at 4:00 pm. Topics will be on academic freedom and the Palestine/Israel … Continue reading

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Israeli Professors Denounce War Crimes of Nuclear Armed Nation Against Gaza Colony

Professors in Israel are freer to criticise their nation than US academics. Middle East Study programmes are under siege, the nation’s leading scholar on Palestine, Norman Finkelstein, is denied tenure at DePaul due to the Israel Lobby and in particular … Continue reading

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Columbia College Iymen Chehade Appointed to Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure

Michael Harkins, president of the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors, has appointed Iymen Chehade, Columbia College Chicago, to its Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Matthew Abraham, DePaul University, resigned to take a position at … Continue reading

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President Sharon Hahs of Northeastern Illinois Hits A.A.U.P. Censure

For two years I have waited for President Hahs to indicate what was inaccurate or false about the initial Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure report on the John Boyle denial of tenure. The American Association of University Professors … Continue reading

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Inside Higher Ed Covers Kirstein and AAUP Ill Committee A Role in NEIU Censure

Colleen Flaherty a reporter on faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed wrote the article on the American Association of University Professors censure of Northeastern Illinois University at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

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