Steven Salaita, an author and scholar who once stood at the center of a national controversy on academic freedom, will give the annual Bone Lecture at Illinois State University. His talk, titled “Critical Thinking in a Neoliberal Age,” will be at 6 p.m. Monday, October 10, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Illinois State’s Department of Politics and Government.
Salaita currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beruit. His career attracted national media attention when the University of Illinois withdrew its offer of employment as a tenured professor over Salaita’s controversial tweets on the 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict.
Salaita writes about immigration, indigenous peoples, dislocation, race, ethnicity, and multi-culturalism. He is the author of Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom; Israel’s Dead Soul; and The Uncultured Wars, Arabs, Muslims and the Poverty of Liberal Thought. He won a 2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for writing the book Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where It Comes from and What it Means for Politics Today. His forthcoming book is titled, Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine.
The talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series. The series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.