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New Union Cards Filed in Illinois

After administrators at the University of Illinois at Chicago challenged a single union for tenure-track and contingent faculty and refused to voluntarily recognize two separate unions, faculty today filed a new set of a membership cards with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board for two separate bargaining units.

Everything Old Is New Again: Bertrand Russell and Steven Salaita

The decision by trustees of the University of Illinois to revoke a tenured position offered to Steven Salaita evokes another, long-ago controversy. In 1940, a New York court revoked the appointment of Bertrand Russell to a faculty position at the College of the City of New York, in part because of Russell’s allegedly “immoral” writings. It is difficult, if not impossible, to simultaneously deplore Russell’s firing and support Salaita’s.

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