Anita Hill cancels U of Illinois visit over professor’s suit

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Anita Hill has canceled a planned visit to the University of Illinois over a lawsuit against the school from a professor whose job offer was rescinded. In a column on The Huffington Post, Hill said the lawsuit from Steven Salaita “erodes the possibility of the open conversation I had hoped to have.” The school took back his job offer after he posted anti-Israel tweets. The News-Gazette reports Hill, who testified against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, was set to give the keynote address at a conference next month at the Urbana-Champaign campus. She was also scheduled to give a lecture. Civil rights activist and academic Cornel West also canceled an appearance at the school, saying earlier this month its decision to take back Salaita’s job offer is “a moral scandal.” A message seeking comment was left with a University of Illinois spokeswoman.