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Robin D.G. Kelley

Why Did You Fire Professor Steven Salaita?

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The following letter was sent on 10 August 2014 by UCLA Distinguished Professor of History Robin D. G. Kelley to Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Dear Chancellor Wise, Please do not ignore or delete this letter, or have your administrative assistant file it away. I understand that you’ve been inundated with correspondence, petitions signed by some 13,000-plus colleagues, phone calls, and messages via social media. And my letter ...

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Robin D.G. Kelley


Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History at the University of California at Los Angeles. His books include Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Harvard University Press, 2012) and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002).   His essays have appeared in Mondoweiss, The Nation, Electronic Intifada, Counterpunch, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Boston Review, Souls, New York Times, to name a few.