Cover of Steven Salaita's book Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom. Cover contains title and author in white writing against red, black and free backgrounds (like the Palestinian flag), and a closeup photo of Steven Salaita

Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Author: Steven Salaita

Haymarket Books, 2015

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Salaita’s controversial firing by the University of Illinois provoked a national conversation about academic freedom and the question of 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 this book, 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.

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Cover of Steven Salaita's book Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom. Cover contains title and author in white writing against red, black and free backgrounds (like the Palestinian flag), and a closeup photo of Steven Salaita