Anita Hill Cancels U of I Appearance Over Salaita Lawsuit

Anita Hill is interviewed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

Anita Hill, subject of the documentary film "ANITA," is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Park City, Utah.

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Anita Hill has canceled a planned visit to the University of Illinois over a lawsuit against the school from professor Steven Salaita, whose job offer at Urbana was rescinded. 
In a column on The Huffington Post, Hill said the lawsuit from Steven Salaita "erodes the possibility of the open conversation I had hoped to have.'' The school took back his job offer after he posted anti-Israel tweets.

The News-Gazette reports Hill, who testified against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, was set to give the keynote address at The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy conference next month at the Urbana campus.  She was also scheduled to give a lecture.
Civil rights activist and academic Cornel West also canceled an appearance at the school, saying earlier this month its decision to take back Salaita's job offer is "a moral scandal.''
A message seeking comment was left with a University of Illinois spokeswoman.

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