Steven Salaita and Joseph Massad: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

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Tuesday October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
NYU School of Law Vanderbilt Hall Room 210, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
Open to the public with photo ID

Join us for a discussion with Steven Salaita and Joseph Massad on academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza.

Salaita’s firing generated a huge public outcry, with thousands petitioning for his reinstatement, and more than five thousand scholars pledging to boycott UIUC. His case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In his new book Uncivil Rites, Salaita combines personal reflection and political critique to shed new light on his controversial termination. He situates his case at the intersection of important issues that affect both higher education and social justice activism.

Co-Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine-NYU, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Haymarket Books.

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