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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Talk: Uncivil Rites: Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, & Academic Freedom by Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita presents “Uncivil Rites: Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, & Academic Freedom”

Date: 04/20/2015
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: 5 Blegen Hall
Cost:  Free

“Uncivil Rites: Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, & Academic Freedom”
Salaita will examine how academic freedom is restricted around issues of decolonization and assess how critique of American and Israeli colonization might be productively undertaken.

Steven Salaita is the author of the following books (among other publications): 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 Israel’s Dead Soul (2011). In October 2013, The University of Illinois offered a professorial position to Salaita. Illinois withdrew its offer in 2014 after high level administrators reviewed tweets of his that they viewed as "uncivil" (Salaita's tweets critiqued genocide and settler colonialism in Palestine.) On August 1, 2014, University of Illinois Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre and University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise cancelled the Illinois job offer at a point after Salaita had resigned his position at Virginia Tech. Salaita argues this was an infringement on his academic freedom. He continues to advocate for academic freedom, Indigenous Rights, social justice, and decolonization in Palestine and the US.

    Name: Zac Rakke
    E-mail: rakke001@umn.edu
    Phone: 612-625-9584
Sponsored by: American Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Culture and Teaching Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; English, Office of Equity & Diversity; Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Macalester College; Macalester Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights; School of Social Work Youth Studies Program & Social Justice Program & Minor; UMN Students for Justice in Palestine

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