The Oberlin Review

Katlin Letter Distorts UIUC Motives in Salaita Case

Jade Schiff, Politics department

February 27, 2015

To the Editors: In their letter in last week’s Review, Andrew and Fisher Katlin distorted both my views and the issues at stake in Steven Salaita’s treatment by UIUC. The Katlins are correct that mine was not a balanced argument. I believe UIUC’s handling of the case was unambiguously wrong. Salaita has plenty of critics, and they are free to make their case, as the Katlins have attempted to do. However, I made no implicit or explicit reference to Salaita’s First Amendment rights, as they claim that I did. I don’t see these rights as the source of the controversy at all. No one, to my knowledge, has claimed that Salaita did not have the right to say what he said, however offensive it might be. He was n...

UIUC Correct in Rejecting Salaita

Andrew Katlin and Fisher Katlin

February 20, 2015

To the Editors: My son and I came to visit Oberlin on Feb. 16. [My son being] a prospective student, we thought it would give some insight into the school reading the current issue of The Oberlin Review. In the issue was an “interview” with Steven Salaita. I put interview in quotes, as it more properly should have appeared alongside [Professor of Politics] Jade Schiff ’s Letter to the Editor. Both belonged there, as they were both completely devoid of anything remotely approaching a balanced or even truthful description of why Salaita was ultimately rejected as fit to represent the University of Illinois as a professor. According to both the interview and the letter, poor Steven’s First Amendment rights...

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