Professor Terminated Over Tweets on Israel’s Bombing of Gaza Sues University, Seeks Reinstatement

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 3:00 pm

Professor Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza, has filed a lawsuit against the university. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement so he can “join his colleagues” in [...]

 

#UnKoch Campus! Students Coordinate National Protest Against Corporate Influence

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 6:54 pm

As students in Michigan, Kansas and Virginia attempt to pin down evasive administrators to review grant contracts cut between billionaire Charles Koch and their universities, one campus is working to tie these regional movements together. Photos from across the U.S. are posted below.

Florida State University (FSU) students affiliated with the group FSU Progress coordinated various student groups at 20 campuses across the U.S. to push back against corporate donors who use money to weave their interests into the mission of universities: educating students.

Fired Professor Steven Salaita’s Speech at Columbia College Chicago on Israel, Civility & Academic Freedom

By: Friday October 10, 2014 9:15 am

This week, Professor Steven Salaita has been touring college and university campuses in the Chicago area to speak about the issue of academic freedom of campuses, to share his story with students and to discuss what can be done next to fight for him and restore academic freedom at UIUC.

The Uncivil Termination of Professor Steven Salaita

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:35 pm

Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a number of which had walked out of their classes.

Late Night: Exhuming McCarthy

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 8:00 pm

College activism brought down Apartheid in South Africa, and it will, eventually, bring down Apartheid in Israel, too.  The Israel Lobby recognizes this, and that’s why Salaita had to go.

Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 9:14 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they are engaged in the suppression of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly on college or university campuses.

No Academic Freedom for Professor Who Teaches Course on ‘Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’ at Chicago College

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 10:20 am

The suppression of students and faculty supportive of Palestinians and critical of Israeli occupation seems to have become more pronounced this month.

Obama Administration Quietly Reopens Case That Could Criminalize Peer Review Process

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 6:12 pm

Today, Dr. Charles Monnett’s legal representatives, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, revealed that the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior quietly reopened their case against Monnett sometime between his reinstatement and December of 2012

SUNY Buffalo Shuts “Frackademia” Center, Shale Resources and Society Institute

By: Monday November 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Today, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for “frackademia” and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“) under the guise of scientific legitimacy that a university offers.

Ideological Exclusion: US Government Refuses to Grant Outspoken Pakistani Lawyer a Visa

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 10:30 am

Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who sued the United States government over family members of civilian victims of US drone attacks, was invited to participate in an upcoming International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, on April 28, but, the peace group CODEPINK reports the US is refusing to grant him a visa. This continues of a pattern since the Bush Administration of denying visas to anyone who might question the legality and consequences of US military policies.

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