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Sep. 10th, 2014 07:01 am
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  • Tue, 12:26: RT @olgakhazan: Here are a few of the many devastating reasons why it's often hard for domestic violence victims to leave
  • Tue, 17:07: At the Steven Salaita press conference. No live stream. Will try to give updates. #salaita
  • Tue, 17:13: Folks showing up for the press con despite torrential rain.
  • Tue, 17:21: Huge crowd chanting what do we want - reinstatement when do we want it NOW
  • Tue, 17:24: New chant. What do we want! Contract. When do we want it? Now. Currently more rally than press con. No critique implied.
  • Tue, 17:26: “Whose university?” The crowd asks. That is, indeed, the question. #salaita
  • Tue, 17:33: Salaita arrives to cheers and chants.
  • Tue, 17:35: Attorney to speak first. Frame is “termination from tenured position” and “first amendment.”
  • Tue, 17:39: Huge crowd spilling out the back of the room. Salaita up now to speak.
  • Tue, 17:42: Salaita’s offer letter specifically referenced adherence to 1940 aaup principles of academic freedom.
  • Tue, 17:46: Thunderous applause to Salaitas line: here to reaffirm commitment to teaching at UIUC.
  • Tue, 17:47: “This is, as we say in my profession a teaching moment.” #salaita says.
  • Tue, 17:49: Robert Warrior, head of American Indian Studies up next. Remembering controversy over the Chief.
  • Tue, 17:52: Bio of Maria Lahoud, #salaita’s lawyer
  • Tue, 17:57: Warrior reveals Wise has not read Salaitas whole twitter account, not just selective tweets.
  • Tue, 18:05: Warrior: bf the firing - Wise told him Salaitas social media would be monitored and to tell him, “this is a town. We have to shop together.
  • Tue, 18:05: Now Michael Rothberg, chair of English, reading a statement on behalf of MLA (cc @rgfeal)
  • Tue, 18:08: MLA - calls upon Wise to redress an unjustified decision. Next up students.
  • Tue, 18:09: Diverse group of students, including both Jews and Muslims.
  • Tue, 18:13: RT @rgfeal: The full letter is here: MT @Lollardfish Michael Rothberg, chair of English, reading a statement on beha…
  • Tue, 18:15: First question: chancellor has said no chance of reinstatement, what is alternative plan? Answer: reinstatement remains the goal.
  • Tue, 18:17: Still prepared for legal remedies including injunctive relief (court ordered reinstatement).
  • Tue, 18:17: Next question: why would you want to work here now? Answer - the answer is in this room.
  • Tue, 18:20: Next: do you plan on tweeting differently going forward? Answer is about complexity of twitter as a real time discursive medium. Reactive.
  • Tue, 18:21: 4 next question on the Yale chaplain and the bigger context of pressure ag antiIsrael voices on campuses.
  • Tue, 18:24: Salaita - academic freedom and freedom of speech always have to be reinvigorated and protected.
  • Tue, 18:24: Next questions about timing of the press conference and state of negotiations. Lawyers mostly handled.
  • Tue, 18:28: Q do you support the boycott? Long pause ... Salaita: “I do.” Affirms right to boycott in any case any time as part of free speech.
  • Tue, 18:30: Several questions about legal process. Lawyers not budging: goal is reinstatement.
  • Tue, 19:21: My mentions from the last few hours are a little swarmed. Send again if I missed something. Also, writing now.


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