academic freedom

Attorney general: Univ. of Illinois must explain why Salaita memo can't be found

Acting on a request from The Electronic Intifada, the Illinois Attorney General has asked the University of Illinois to explain why it cannot find a memo about Steven Salaita handed to Chancellor Phyllis Wise by a major pro-Israel donor.

Video: Steven Salaita and Ali Abunimah at University of Chicago

Panel focuses on what Salaita’s firing means in the critical battle on US campuses over academic freedom, free speech and US policy toward Israel.

Writing to overcome trauma in Gaza

The offices of the English department professors at the Islamic University of Gaza were completely destroyed in Israeli attacks over the summer.

Move on? Work to reclaim Univ. of Illinois has has only just begun

Vicente M. Diaz
26 September 2014

“If, under this new regime, civility be the condition for expressing academic freedom and excellence, then let the appropriate expression be that of civil disobedience.”

Missing Salaita document hints at Univ. of Illinois cover up

The University of Illinois says it can’t find a key document that may shed light on donor pressure to convince top administrators to fire Steven Salaita for his criticisms of Israel.

Email contradicts Univ. of Illinois president's statement on Salaita firing

Discrepancies cast further doubt on the credibility of university officials’ explanations for their firing of Salaita and their lack of transparency over the influence of major donors.

Why aren’t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?

Jakeet Singh
9 September 2014

It cannot be mere coincidence that the University of Illinois’ heavy-handed action targeted a Palestinian-American scholar and an American Indian Studies program.

“Civility” is the Israel lobby's new weapon against free speech on US campuses

In one alarming case, an Ohio University student is being condemned for making a video protesting Israel’s attack on Gaza.

Univ. of Illinois trustee criticizes decision to fire Steven Salaita

James D. Montgomery also acknowledged the “adverse” impact that a growing boycott was having on the university’s ability to function.

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