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Education Reporter
NUMBER 263 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2007

Fired Radical Professor Teaches
Unofficially at University of Colorado
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Ward Churchill, formerly a professor in the University of Colorado's Department of Ethnic Studies, is perhaps best known for calling the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns," after Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann. Churchill also famously called for further violence against the United States, saying, "More 9/11s are necessary."

In May of 2006, a panel of scholars investigating Churchill discovered a history of deliberate plagiarism and fabrication. University of Colorado (CU) regents voted 8-to-1 to suspend him from teaching duties in 2006, and fired him for academic misconduct in July of 2007.

Now Churchill is back on campus, by invitation of a group of students who say he is "one of the most valuable professors we've had" at CU. The students rented out space and invited Churchill to teach an unofficial class on colonialism, genocide, and racism. About 30 students and community members attended the first lecture, titled "ReVisioning American History: Colonization, Genocide and Formation of the U.S. Settler State." A CU spokesman emphasized that the "class" is actually a private event not sanctioned by the university.

Churchill refused local reporters entry to the first lecture, and one of two men posted at the classroom door manhandled a Boulder Daily Camera reporter who tried to enter the room anyway. The two guards also turned away three male students whom they identified as "agitators."

A professor teaching next door, Kelly Tryba, criticized the event for its secrecy. "I think any student group should be able to rent out a room and have someone speak; but anyone should be able to go. The freedom of speech goes both ways," she said. (Daily Camera, 10-3-07)


 
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