File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2000/postcolonial.0012, message 6

Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 12:55:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Fwd: letter E. Said

This is not to be meant as an attack on Said, or even an attack against
tenure, but it seems hard to believe that someone in his position really
needs tenure. Surely, someone of his stature would be picked up by another
institution, with little negative effects to either his reputation or
salary. But what about those who don't have tenure yet?  What protects
THEIR academic freedom? I just don't buy the "if it happens to someone
like Said, it can happen to anyone." It seems that people rally around
celebrity cases like this to obscure the fact that academic freedom, like
much else in the profession, is not a universal phenomenon. Joe

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