[Marxism] Steven Salaita to speak out tomorrow

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 8 12:35:17 MDT 2014


(From Facebook)

I will speak publicly about my termination tomorrow

**MEDIA ADVISORY**
Press Conference: Professor Salaita to Speak for First Time About Losing 
Tenured Position Over Gaza Tweets

Urbana-Champaign, IL –Professor Steven Salaita, faculty and students of 
the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), and legal experts 
will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9 at 
the University YMCA (located at Wright & Chalmers). Salaita had accepted 
a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program at UIUC, but 
the university’s Chancellor terminated his appointment in early August 
over tweets regarding Israel's latest attacks in Gaza. Salaita and other 
speakers will discuss his termination in the larger context of organized 
attacks on free speech on campuses and concerns about academic freedom 
and the First Amendment raised by the incident.

Many groups have come out strongly against the university’s actions, 
including the Modern Language Association, the American Association of 
University Professors, and the American Studies Association. Several 
departments at UIUC have cast votes of no confidence in the Chancellor, 
and many are boycotting the university – several scholars have already 
cancelled lectures at UIUC, and a national conference to be hosted there 
was cancelled.  The press conference will be held following a student 
walkout.

This is the first time Prof. Salaita will be speaking about the 
situation in public. He is represented by the Center for Constitutional 
Rights and Anand Swaminathan of Loevy & Loevy in Chicago.

For those unable to attend the press conference in person, a copy of 
Prof. Salaita’s comments will be sent around afterwards and the speakers 
will be available for interview by phone beginning at 2 p.m. CDT.

For more information and documents on the case, visit CCR’s website here.

Who:
Professor Steven Salaita
Professor Robert Warrior, director of American Indian Studies at UIUC
Maria LaHood, senior attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
Michael Rothberg, head of the English Department at UIUC, on behalf of 
the Modern Language Association (MLA)
Eman Ghanayem and Rico Kleinstein, students at UIUC

When:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:30 p.m. CDT

Where:
University YMCA
1001 S Wright St., Urbana, IL 61820



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