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A statement from the UHA board of directors

24 Dec 2020 9:33 AM | Hope Shannon (Administrator)

A statement from the UHA board of directors on the University of Mississippi's decision to terminate Garrett Felber's employment

Standing with other prominent professional organizations, including the American Historical Association and the American Studies Association, as well as over 5,000 colleagues from around the world, the Urban History Association calls for a full and transparent account of the circumstances resulting in the termination of Professor Garrett Felber from the University of Mississippi. We support all faculty who seek to expand their university’s commitment to anti-racism pedagogy and praxis, including the securing of grants to increase educational opportunities for people behind bars as well as for returning citizens. Since being hired at Mississippi, Dr. Felber has not only published a highly-praised book in an award-winning series, and had his scholarship recognized by coveted fellowships at Harvard University, but he has also secured just such a grant. To have his job so easily terminated, virtually without explanation, is deeply concerning, particularly to the most vulnerable among us in the academy. No matter which colleges or universities may employ us, the UHA recognizes that together we must insist that our labor rights, academic freedom, and anti-racist work on campuses each be actively supported and fiercely protected. We stand in solidarity with Garrett Felber.

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