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John Protevi
Baton Rouge LA
I'm a philosopher, though I work in a French department.
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Mike Otsuka of the LSE has some important reflections on the departmental no confidence votes at UIUC. ---- We should not underestimate the significance of the 15 Departmental votes of no confidence in Chancellor Wise (and those above her) at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at John Protevi's Blog
September 11, 2014 Dear Colleagues at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am writing to you in your capacity as heads of those departments that have voted “no confidence” in Chancellor Wise, following her decision to terminate Dr. Steven Salaita’s... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at John Protevi's Blog
I don't think I'm unique when I say I was motivated to join the #boycottUIUC movement for two reasons. 1) I support academic freedom and faculty governance, the issues raised by the #Salaita case, and it's just wrong of Wise,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at John Protevi's Blog
I would say I'm a Strong Contextualist when thinking about how we act in our different social roles. In particular, I don't think there's much evidence of carryover from how we act in our online persona and our meatspace performances.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Monday 8 August, 2014 Board of Trustees University of Illinois Dr Phyllis Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dear Members of the Board Dear Chancellor Wise Please find attached a pledge by 550 philosophers to, at the minimum, refuse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Saying about a statement of Jones that "I can't believe a professional philosopher would say X is an ad hominem" =/= "I can't believe Jones is a professional philosopher." It means Jones has really fucked up the meaning of the term ad hominem. As for Ed having to have a comprehensive understanding of your life in order to say that IN THIS POST that you "seem to have lost perspective on the larger fact of those systems of exclusion and the need to work to ameliorate them is disappointing, to say the least" -- that is absurd. It creates such a barrier to criticize your performance that only the author of your biography could ever criticize something you write. And that is something I can't believe a professional philosopher would fail to see the self-serving nature of.
"language-policing" dafuq? do you even lift bro? I don't language-police; you want to snark with me you can bring it on. otherwise STFU.
I cannot believe a professional philosopher thinks "The fact that Jon seems to have lost perspective on the larger fact of those systems of exclusion and the need to work to ameliorate them is disappointing, to say the least" constitutes an ad hominem. Seriously, this is very weak sauce.
Christ, you are thick. My whole point is that critiques of ableist metaphors go by different rules than snark at philosobros.
Jon, you are conflating my (controversial, I'll admit) tactic of snarking at repeated anti-feminist trolls (or culpably ignorant philosobros) with "language policing" around ableist metaphors. (Side note: I wish you had done me the courtesy of citing my post on that: http://www.newappsblog.com/2012/02/in-defense-of-snark-or-breaking-down-the-walls-of-the-universal-seminar-room.html) That conflation, however, is really damaging, and fits right in to a reactionary bemoaning of the "PC is destroying America" type. Look at it this way: to be an anti-feminist in 2014 is a lot different from not having been sensitized to ableist metaphors in 2014. The latter is akin to not being sensitized to patriarchal metaphors in 1971; there is a legitimate question as to tactics with dealing with those unaware of ableist metaphors, but to conflate that with the question of how best to deal with anti-feminist trolls in 2014 is a very disappointing move.
Where does Lance call you a bad person, or even imply it? His whole comment is based upon the discrepancy of your goodness as a person and the shockingly bad performance of this post and comment thread. Do you really not understand that someone can say "Jones is a great person but he really fucked up in this instance, and that's what's so surprising"?
Please send links and I'll fill them in later. 1) American Indian Studies 2) Asian-American Studies 3) Philosophy 4) English 5) Latina/Latino Studies 6) History 7) Comparative and World Literature (download a pdf by clicking the link) 8) Anthropology 9)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I will update as needed. Please comment below with links, or email me at protevi@lsu.edu 1. Modern Language Association (MLA) 2. Association of American University Professors (AAUP) 3. American Historical Association (AHA) 4. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 5. American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Link. The statment: On September 2, 2014, the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cast a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees, President Robert Easter, and Chancellor Phyllis Wise. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Contact info for the UI Board: 352 Henry Administration Building, MC-350 506 S. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801 Tel: 217-333-1920 Fax: 217-244-2282 UIBOT@uillinois.edu See also: http://www.bot.uillinois.edu/meet-the-trustees I'll try to get the individual emails of the trustees. The Board of Trustees Office is open from at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
I'm going to make this a compilation of cancellation letters for talks at UIUC in the Salaita case. Please send notices to me at protevi@lsu.edu or comment here with links and I'll do updates. 1. Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Professor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
The statement: Whereas the recent words and actions of Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and the Board of Trustees in connection with the revocation of an offer of employment to Dr. Steven Salaita betray a culpable disregard not only... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
The pledge: We, the undersigned scientists and engineers, will not visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus until the Steven Salaita case is equitably resolved. You may sign the pledge by entering a comment below, giving your name, discipline,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
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Sunday 24 August Dear Professor Chambers I was extremely disappointed to see you sign the Board’s letter, despite your position as Chair of the University Senates Conference. I felt shocked that you would allow a unilateral imposition of a “civility”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Sunday 24 August, 2014 Board of Trustees University of Illinois Dr Phyllis Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dear Members of the Board Dear Chancellor Wise On Thursday 21 August I sent you a copy of our pledge containing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
David Blacker was one of the first scholars to cancel a talk at UIUC in support of the #boycottUIUC action. I've just bought his book, The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame (Zero Books, 2013). (Publisher link here;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I would like to second Kirk Ludwig's remark, with the proviso that philosophers are not the only discipline whose members are boycotting UIUC. But the part about enlisting scientists is I think crucial. Please contact your scientist friends and urge them to join the boycott. They can sign this general pledge https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_oGbCNTx7lcvYzQP_kDEZbfclDdu5-GU_HIfCUKfIGQ/viewform or they can form their own discipline-specific pledges. I would think that scientists who have run into attacks on their academic freedom on the climate change issue would be especially keen to join this fight. I also like the suggestion of supporting the UIUC Faculty Senate should they join in. I am going to introduce a resolution to my FS at our first meeting this semester. I'll circulate a draft for comments when it's ready.
I have received confirmation from the person identified as the PayPal recipient. She writes: "It is me! I am acting as a stopgap til we get a non profit or a special bank account to hold funds. We thought we had one but it turned out not and people were getting antsy to donate Friday so Steven told me just to put it in my account for now." I have asked her to confirm her identity to Brian in an email.
In addition to extending the boycott by adding names, one thing we can do to help is to donate here to support Salaita's legal bills and everyday expenses: http://supportstevensalaita.com/ From the website: "Salaita now has no job nor does his wife who quit her job in Virginia to support the family’s move, no personal home to live in, and no health insurance for their family, including their two year-old son." BL COMMENT: John, do you know who is behind this? It would be good to have some assurance in the form of names attached. I will donate with some greater transparency about who is collecting the money and insuring that it gets to the people in need.
By permission of Allen Isaacman, University of Minnesota. Issacman had been invited to speak on October 30, as part of the 2014-15 CAS / MillerComm annual series (see the previous post for David Blacker's cancelation of another event in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog