Cornel West Cancels Thulin Lecture in Protest of Salaita Firing

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The Center for Constitutional Rights is reporting that Cornel West is boycotting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in solidarity protest over the firing of tenured Associate Professor Steven Salaita for extramural utterances on the Israel bombardment of Gaza last year:

Dr. Cornel West Joins Boycott of Univ. of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign over Salaita Firing

March 4, 2015, New York – Esteemed professor and intellectual Dr. Cornel West has cancelled a high-profile lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in support of a boycott of the university over the firing of Professor Steven Salaita. The university fired Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor of Native American Studies, from a tenured faculty position because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. West was scheduled to deliver the 2015 Thulin Lecture next month at the university on “The Profound Desire for Justice” in the historic Lincoln Hall.

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