I am thankful that we live in a country where our freedom of speech is not only protected by law, but also celebrated by those who love liberty. Therefore, in response to Dr. Steven G. Salaita’s Salon.com article (Aug. 25, 2013), I am using this means to invite Dr. Salaita to join me for a public debate on this campus on the topic of “American ‘Imperialism’ and Jihadi ‘Fascism’.”
In the spirit of freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech, and to support the diversity of ideas in the public arena so that the Virginia Tech community might be well-informed, let’s choose a date, time, and location, let the administration select a neutral moderator, and let us celebrate, together, in public debate, the airing of multicultural perspectives about the virtues and vices of American “imperialism” and jihadi “fascism.”
Dr. Salaita, I eagerly await your public response and look forward to debating with you.
Dr. Buddy Howell
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Communication