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Jennifer Lackey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198791508.001.0001

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Realpolitik of Academic Freedom

Realpolitik of Academic Freedom

The Steven Salaita Case

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(p.85) 5 Realpolitik of Academic Freedom
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Academic Freedom
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John Protevi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791508.003.0005

This chapter explores the academic freedom aspects of the case of Steven Salaita and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.I.U.C.). After presenting the facts of the case, a sketch of the legal issues is provided. The chapter then outlines some elements of the history of academic freedom relative to extramural political speech, adding some remarks on what the Salaita case teaches us when seen through a realpolitik view of academic freedom. From this perspective, the success of claims to academic freedom depends on the force of individual legal actions and collective faculty pressure that are brought to bear against administrators and trustees. This chapter concludes with some speculations as to changes the Salaita case might bring to current practices of university administration relative to faculty extramural speech.

Keywords:   Salaita, extramural political speech, University of Illinois, A.A.U.P, realpolitik

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