Letter to U of Illinois Board of Trustees Urging Hiring of Steven Salaita

Based on the information Corey Robin provided regarding a September 11, 2014 meeting of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, I’ve e-mailed the trustees the following letter:

Dear Trustees,
I am writing to urge you complete the hiring of Professor Steven Salaita in the position the University of Illinois offered him in the Department of American Indian Studies.
When political appointees override hiring decisions of departments, they should not hide behind terms like “civility.” In the words of one of Professor Salaita’s criticized tweets, if the Board of Trustees doesn’t want Professor Salaita to have a job because of his political views, it should “own it.”
But I hope that the Board of Trustees will see the error of its current path and confirm Dr. Salaita in his position.
Sincerely
This link will populate your e-mail client with all the addressees Professor Robin identified with the subject header “U of Illinois Board of Trustees Should Complete Hiring of Steven Salaita.” You should then write your own letter. If you want to use my letter, use this link and add your name, address and phone number at the end.
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