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Haymarket Books, Viewpoint Magazine, and Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia present...

Steven Salaita and George Ciccariello-Maher in a discussion of 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.

Steven Salaita currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of six previous books, he is a regular columnist for Electronic Intifada and a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

George Ciccariello-Maher is a writer, radical political theorist, and currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has taught radical theory and politics at Drexel, U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. Ciccariello-Maher is the author of We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, [Duke University Press 2013], a history of revolutionary movements in Venezuela. He appears and is quoted frequently in the media on subjects ranging from Venezuelan politics to the Occupy Movement, and his dispatches and academic articles have appeared in numerous outlets.