The revocation of an already accepted offer to Steven Salaita to teach in the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign solely due to his expressed political opinions about the events in Gaza has gathered a lot of protest. One form of protest has been petitions by academics pledging not to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for any conferences or other events until they reverse this decision. The petitions have been organized by discipline. So far there has not been any for history. So I am taking the task upon myself. If you wish to sign the statement you can leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Chancellor Wise:
As members of history departments from around the world we are deeply concerned by the recent decision to prevent Steven Salaita from assuming his appointment to the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. We believe that the university's revocation of an already accepted offer due to the tone and content of political statements on social media about recent events in Gaza is a violation of academic freedom and sets a very negative precedent for intellectual diversity in academia. Until such time as the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign decides to allow Dr. Salaita to take the position he was offered and accepted we refuse to participate in any events on its campus including academic conferences. Listed institutions are for identification purposes. The individual scholars signing this petition represent only their own personal views and not those of their employers.