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"We, politically progressive members of universities and college should no longer wait. We should step up our game and move to other more effective modes of action." I didn't click on the link until about the fifth time I saw it posted on Facebook: "'Waiting in the Neoliberal University: The Salaita Case and the Wages of an Academic Boycott." This essay from my colleagues Ellen Moodie and Martin Manalansan IV appeared first in Savage Minds, now it's on Academe Blog. Tl;dr (as the kids say): we need to keep doing what we've been doing, just more of it.
Were we still "waiting" for anything? The Urbana campus of the University of Illinois is officially censured by the AAUP and Prof. Salaita is off to Beirut for a year. The outcome of the lawsuit still lies before us, and a few more anger-bombs may detonate as additional FOIA'ed documents come forward, but it's been over for a while. Moodie and Manalasan gave us some bones to pick over: Is academic freedom inseparable from the BDS movement? Was the boycott prompted by forces inside or outside the university? These have been rich talking points on Facebook this past week.
I'm more interested in what can be salvaged from a fight we've already lost.