Letters to the Editor
Regarding her controversial decision to terminate an offered and accepted tenure position at the University of Illinois, Chancellor Phyllis Wise is quoted in The News-Gazette as saying, "I, in hindsight, wish I had been a little more deliberate and consulted with more people before that decision."
Is there anything meaningful that you can say with just 140 characters? Perhaps a pithy quote lifted from a more loquacious essay will fit within that limitation.
But no learned discourse can be contained within the Twitter defined canister. No reasoned argument with evidentiary support for its thesis can be advanced in a tweet.
Thank you for providing all citizens the opportunity to participate in the arena of public debate. I am writing to express my unequivocal support for Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
I am an Afro-American who received an excellent education at the University of Illinois, a double master's and bachelor's degrees; not under the label of affirmative action, but cerebral action.
It should be pointed out that the vote of no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees taken in the Department of Philosophy recently was far from unanimous.
Those faculty who are voting "no confidence" in Chancellor Phyllis Wise should be careful what they wish for. By crucifying Chancellor Wise, do they really imagine they will get a chancellor more sympathetic to their views or supportive of shared governance?
Here are letters to the editor on the subject of Steven Salaita (here is the second compilation, and