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In preparation for my new position, I resigned my tenured position at Virginia Tech; my wife resigned her professional position at the University as well. We got rid of our Virginia home and took on considerable expense in preparation for our move here.
We believe that an affirmative Board vote approving your appointment is unlikely,”. “We therefore will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty ... Thank you for your interest in and consideration of the University of Illinois.”
On June 20, soon after three Israelis were kidnapped and killed, he wrote: You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the (expletive) West Bank settlers would go missing.” On July 22, he wrote: “#Israel kills civilians faster than the speed of 4G.”
“civility norm,”(..) "undermines what it is we do as academics, which is to think hard and, often in uncomfortable ways, about our settled ideas and settled sense of what we know in the world.
The executive, in this case the Chancellor, sees herself as responsible to investors or donors more than she does to constituency on campus, the academics and students. (..) perhaps to do things that are unpopular, that challenge what your donors think is the right way in which you should be thinking about particular problems
Universities are meant to be cauldrons of critical thinking; they are meant to foster creative inquiry and, when at their best, challenge political, economic, or social orthodoxy. (..) Tenure – a concept that is well over a hundred years old – is supposed to be an ironclad guarantee that University officials respect these ideals and do not succumb to financial pressure or political expediency by silencing controversial or unpopular views.
During this challenging time, I am deeply grateful to the many hundreds of people and prominent organizations who have raised their voices in defense of the principles of academic freedom, including the nearly 18,000 individuals who have signed a petition demanding corrective action and the numerous faculty around the world who are boycotting the University until I am reinstated.
The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.
A university is not just a business where you have a bottom line that satisfies a board of directors every year like other businesses, we have a particular mission at a university—perhaps to do things that are unpopular, that challenge what your donors think is the right way in which you should be thinking about particular problems.”
“If you’re not doing that,you’re not running a university. You’re running some other sort of ideological machine.”
The Chancellor put economics ahead of political correctness and is now paying for it. That'll teach her, and anybody else in a position of authority, to do something like that again.
Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level administrators for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and for breach of contract. Salaita’s firing became a flashpoint for debates over academic freedom, free speech, and the repression of Palestinian rights advocacy. In exchange for Professor Salaita’s agreement to release his claims, the university has agreed to pay $875,000.