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BOTH STUDENTS & FACULTY ON THE CAMPUS OF UIUC ARE OERGANIZING

Rima Merriman
Bloomington, IN, United States

Aug 28, 2014 — Dear Friends,

Today I am writing to update you on the dissent taking place locally in Champaign-Urbana against Chancellor Wise's handling of Professor Steven Salaita's contract. A lot is happening, as you can see below:

Student Op-Ed
http://www.dailyillini.com/opinion/columns/article_e5374ff0-2c9f-11e4-b900-001a4bcf6878.html

Op-Ed by 60+ Tenured Faculty
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2014-08-26/ui-precluded-any-honest-debate.html

AIS Faculty Vote of No Confidence
http://www.ais.illinois.edu/news/current/noconfidence_wise_8.22.14.aspx

Salaita Fact Sheet for Faculty and Students
http://uiucfaculty.blogspot.com/

A good source of links to local happenings
https://www.facebook.com/supportsalaita

Since the letter by the UI Board of Trustees supporting the chancellor's decision was sent to faculty and staff, the groundswell of support for Professor Salaita has been on the increase despite the bad timing (the beginning of the semester when students are just returning to campus and faculty are busy with their duties). Both students and faculty are organizing and faculty in the social sciences and humanities are educating their colleagues in the sciences on the issues involved regarding academic freedom and faculty governance. We have not heard the end of this matter by a long shot.


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