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John Protevi
Baton Rouge LA
I'm a philosopher, though I work in a French department.
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I'm going to make this a compilation of cancelation 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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Thank you, Leigh, for this powerful, thoughtful, and powerfully thoughtful post.
With permission from David Blacker, University of Delaware. Blacker had been invited to speak September 29, kicking off the 2014-15 CAS / MillerComm annual series. Canceling a scheduled event is not an easy step for anyone to take, and in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
A reporter called me today and asked for a statement. [Update: link to the story.] I thought I would take the chance to gather my thoughts on the Salaita affair to date. As to the statement of goals, I think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Over at Corey Robin's blog, in a discussion of the Salaita case, I posted my letter. In response someone questioned the results of academic freedom: "Do you believe that the academy today encompasses the “widest possible range of views” on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
What say you, philosophers? Corey Robin proposes we write to Illinois to say we won't visit their campus until Salaita is reinstated. If you're willing to co-sign the following please email me at protevi@lsu.edu, PM me on FB, or comment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
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I recommend that anyone interested in American HE read Chris Newfield, Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980. Here's a follow up quote to yesterday's passage. From page 33: Since they couldn't turn money into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I recommend that anyone interested in American HE read Chris Newfield, Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980. This passage from page 31 will give a sense of Newfield's perspective: Universities shared their formative years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Chancellor Phyllis Wise University of Illinois chancellor@illinois.edu, pmischo@illinois.edu, rwarrior@illinois.edu, ais@illinois.edu Dear Chancellor Wise: I write with alarm and dismay at the decision to not forward Professor Salaita’s name to the Board of Trustees. This is a direct blow to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University (Oxford UP, 2013). (Link.) There are three big problems with Ginsberg's book. First and foremost is its lack of connection to any story of neoliberalism in and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Excerpted from this talk at the 2013 APA Eastern. Let's say, for the sake of argument that, notwithstanding some exceptions, merit is a necessary condition for TT placement and advancement in university philosophy programs. But it doesn't follow from that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Here. Links to the online version (and to Stewart's piece) in the pdf. My thanks to comments from Ezequiel Di Paolo, John Stewart, and the anonymous reviewer at Frontiers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
https://twitter.com/BrianLeiter/status/490285729927675904 Myspace Tshirt Generator Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
From our friends at Philosophy Metablog Myspace Tshirt Generator Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
The problem with people who become obsessed is they sometimes self-destruct. — Brian Leiter (@BrianLeiter) July 9, 2014 Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Here is the review at NDPR, and here is the publisher's page for the book. Here is the draft of a piece that Keith Ansell Pearson and I just did on a wider topic, "Naturalism in the Continental Tradition." (We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog