Location: Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway, New Jersey 08205

Prof. Steven Salaita, formerly Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech University, whose controversial firing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has ignited heated debates about academic freedom both nationally and internationally, will be speaking at Stockton University on March 30, 2015 (West Quad 103).

In August 2014, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) withdrew a formal offer of tenured employment in the American Indian Studies department to Professor Salaita in response to his Twitter posts critical of Israel’s attack on Gaza earlier that summer. This unprecedented move on the part of the university has drawn international attention to efforts to silence faculty and students on North American campuses for speaking in support of Palestinian human rights. Members of the Stockton’s community are among the thousands who have joined a campaign to boycott the UIUC until Professor Salaita is reinstated. Please join us in welcoming this prolific scholar and teacher to Stockton as he will lecture on issues of academic freedom in higher education today. 

Steven Salaita is an independent scholar. He is author of six books, including Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it Means for Politics (2006) [Winner of 2007 Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights' "Outstanding Book" Award], The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan (2006), Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (2011), and most recently, Israel's Dead Soul (2011)

This talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by DH@Stockton - The Center for Digital Humanities; Literature Program; School of Arts and Humanities; Unified Black Students Society; Political Engagement Program; PhillyBDS; Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia; Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace