We are reopening this petition in the light of momentous developments in Dr. Steven Salaita's case, both in the courts and at UIUC. Since ex-Chancellor Wise never responded to this petition (originally addressed to her and Professor Robert Warrior, Director of American Indian Studies, we are now re-routing our petition for the reinstatement of Steven Salaita to Acting Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson and Edward L. McMillan, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just severed their contract of employment with the brilliant, ethical, and prolific Dr. Steven Salaita for his political views on Israel, effectively firing him the very month he was to take up a tenured position there. This is also an insult to the Department of American Indian Studies that was not consulted in this administrative decision.
It appears that we live in a world where students get paid to post state propaganda while professors/journalists get FIRED for exposing it in the name of truth and justice.
We demand his immediate reinstatement.
For information about this case and academic freedom generally, please go to the U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel website
Copy of the letter titled "41 Executive Officers at UIUC Call for the Reinstatement of Steven Salaita (August 23, 2015)" can be found here: http://academeblog.org/2015/08/23/41-executive-officers-at-uiuc-call-for-the-reinstatement-of-steven-salaita/