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In the end, the saga over Steven Salaita's "unhiring" cost the University of Illinois almost $2.2 million, not to mention an academic censure and more than a year of campus turmoil. A settlement agreement with Salaita approved by UI trustees Thursday provides him with a $600,000 lump-sum payment, plus another $275,000 to cover his legal expenses. Comment?
In 1810, Mexicans were inspired to begin their successful revolt against Spanish rule by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and his "Grito de Dolores ." In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip." Comment?
We asked nine UI grads with law degrees : If it meant his highly-publicized employment lawsuit would disappear, would you be in favor of hiring Steven Salaita, given the change in campus leadership? "The university has a tendency to let controversy linger in a way that causes how the controversy is managed to be a bigger story than the controversy itself. Shared governance has many benefits, but managing crisis probably isn't one of them. Comment?
A week before Steven Salaita learned he would not have a job at the University of Illinois, outside lawyers were already on the case. Documents show the university hired the Perkins Coi law office in Chicago to consult on the controversial professor's case on July 24, 2014, seven days before Salaita was notified that his tenured job in American Indian Studies was being withdrawn because it was unlikely to be approved by trustees. Comment?
Standing between his attorneys, Professor Steven Salaita reacts to seeing a friend after a press conference at Latzer Hall at the University YMCA in Champaign on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Comment?
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