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Breaking Public Silence, Salaita Will Speak on Rescinded Appointment

Steven G. Salaita, whose rescinded appointment to the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has sparked an outcry in academe, will speak publicly about the controversy for the first time on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal group that is representing him.

Mr. Salaita will visit the campus on Tuesday to speak about his situation, along with other “organized attacks on free speech on campuses and concerns about academic freedom and the First Amendment raised by the incident,” the release says.

Mr. Salaita was offered a tenured professorship last year in the university’s program in American Indian studies, but campus leaders last month declined to submit his appointment to the Board of Trustees for approval. Mr. Salaita had drawn fire for leveling harsh criticism on Twitter against Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

Various groups, within the university and nationwide, have protested the university’s actions.

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