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Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom in the US,

A New Book

Steven Salaita

Hay Market Books, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 28, 2015



Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom
Steven Salaita

In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza.

In his new book 
Uncivil Rites, Salaita combines personal reflection and political critique to shed new light on his controversial termination. He situates his case at the intersection of important issues that affect both higher education and social justice activism.

Releasing October 6, 2015

Six-city author tour, details below

Uncivil Rites is Steven Salaita’s most important work to date. Using his unjust dismissal from University of Illinois as the backdrop, Salaita exposes the intellectual, moral, and political contradictions of the 21st century neoliberal university.”

–Marc Lamont Hill, Morehouse College


“Steven Salaita’s astute meditations on racism, settler colonialism, anti-Semitism, and Israeli apartheid skillfully convert the inauspicious conditions surrounding his ousting by the trustees of the University of Illinois into an opportunity to elevate the campaign for Palestine solidarity to a new level. As US antiracist consciousness grows broader and deeper, Uncivil Rites argues for the internationalization of that consciousness and for Palestine as a polestar of our struggle.” 

–Angela Y. Davis


Uncivil Rites reveals Steven Salaita’s deep humanity and integrity. Despite the efforts of the University of Illinois to silence him, Salaita continues to speak out courageously for Palestinian rights. His case is a reminder to us all of the need to defend academic freedom and to protect those who challenge the powerful.”

–Glenn Greenwald

“This book is an important historical document, recounting a courageous academic's effort to stand up to institutional racism at one of America's putative preeminent academic institutions.”

Rula Jebreal-Altschul, author of Miral


“This is Steven Salaita at his most brilliant, hilarious, incisive and moving. Uncivil Rites is a deeply personal account of Salaita's year since his firing from the University of Illinois over tweets critical of Israel's assault on Gaza... This masterful book shows that far from diminishing him, the ordeal inflicted on Salaita has spurred him to produce some of his best writing yet. It is essential reading for all of us who believe we must fight to defend free speech against the encroaching corporatization of every aspect and institution of American life.”

–Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada

“Out of the experience of McCarthyism came a literature of memoir and protest that was too good for the history that produced it. Steven Salaita's Uncivil Rites is also too good for the events that produced it. A kind of travelogue of the unbound mind, Uncivil Rites offers a palimpsest of Salaita's experiences on the road and his reflections – part literary, part historical, part familial – on the politics and personalities of his firing. 'An autobiographical story that is anything but personal,' it is by turns tender, thoughtful, enraging, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Many books feel like a duty; this was sheer pleasure.”

–Corey Robin, Brooklyn College


currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of six previous books, he is a regular columnist for Electronic Intifada and a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).





Monday, October 5 at 7 pm with George Ciccariello-Maher
Wooden Shoe Books | Details

Tuesday, October 6 at 1 pm with Rashid Khalidi
Book Culture | Details

Tuesday, October 6 at 7 pm with Joseph Massad
NYU Law School | Details

Friday, October 9 at 7 pm with Remi Kanazi and others
Beit Zatoun | Details

Monday, October 12 at 6 pm with Barbara Ransby and others
UIC | Details

Tuesday, October 13 at 7 pm with Robert Warrior
Independent Media Center | Details

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Hay Market Books


Releasing October 6, 2015 | Trade Cloth $22.95 | ISBN: 9781608465774


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