Steven Salaita on Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom
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Israel's military aggression in Gaza in the summer of 2014 resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinian civilians, including children. Homes, schools, UN centers and hospitals were bombed. The infrastructure of Gaza was all but destroyed. This was the reality that Professor Salaita tweeted his opposition to. The University of Illinois at Champaign‐Urbana, which had offered him a job, then fired him on the order of the U of I board. Do professors have a right to be outraged by events in the world and to speak about them forcefully outside of their classrooms? How does the new McCarthyism impact efforts to support Palestinian rights on college campuses? Are some ideas open for debate and others off limits? Join us as Steven Salaita speaks out about censorship and Palestine.