My layoff arbitration inches along– hinging on procedural details—what date something was postmarked, or whether an automatic search of one’s sent box is a great burden.

Communication crawls up and down ladders that move from the University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100, to the UPI’s attorney, to the arbitrator, to Western Illinois University’s attorney, to the administration.  I am confident that the UPI represents me well.

I’ve learned that the arbitration over my position does not pivot around academic questions, like what a university is. “University” requires a strong intention towards academic broadness and inclusion.   We’ve lost four humanities-focused majors , and many Liberal Arts faculty, who are not replaced.

At what point does a university become a universilandia?