Civility, One Chair to Another

The unraveling leadership of the University of Illinois: Exhibit E(mail).

Corey Robin

Jean O’Brien, professor of history and chair of the American Indian Studies department at the University of Minnesota, sent an email to Chris Kennedy, chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and son of Bobby Kennedy, about the Salaita affair.

I reproduce the exchange here, unedited.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Chris Kennedy <>
Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: Steven Salaita
To: Jean O’Brien <>

You were not brief enough

Christopher G. Kennedy
E – /
O – (312) 527-7503


On Sep 7, 2014, at 2:37 PM, “Jean O’Brien” <> wrote:

Dear Trustee Kennedy:

I will be brief: please reverse your cowardly decision to “un-hire” Steven Salaita in the name of justice, humanity, civility, and in defense of academic freedom. Your actions have already damaged your great University so deeply that it is difficult to…

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