Prof. Salaita Plans Speeches In Chicago Area

Steven Salaita speaking at the University YMCA September 9.

Prof. Steven Salaita, addressing supporters and the media at the University YMCA on September 9.

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An academic who lost a University of Illinois job offer because of profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages plans a series of talks at Chicago-area universities.

Students for Justice in Palestine and Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network are sponsoring talks by former Virginia Tech University professor Steve Salaita Oct. 6-10.

Forums include Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Salaita did not return calls but has mentioned the talks on his Twitter feed.

In 2013, accepted an offer to teach at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. But the offer was rescinded after critics objected to his Twitter messages about Israel.

U of I Trustees rejected his appointment last month.  Salaita is unemployed and plans to sue the U of I
Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation group says Salaita will be paid to speak at some schools.

Story source: AP