Ward Churchill Update: Regents Terminate Professor genre: Polispeak & Video-Philes

Ward Churchill

UPDATE:

The Regents of the University of Colorado have voted 8-1 to fire controversial professor Ward Churchill. I am updating a prior posting on Churchill now that he has been fired.

Anyone interested in listening to an excellent conversation between the professor and a local television reporter prior to his firing should definitely follow the link below. It offers an unbiased look at Churchill and gives the viewer more than the highly charged hype found in the press.

BOULDER — The University of Colorado's Board of Regents today fired professor Ward Churchill, 2 1/2 years after his comments about the victims of the 9/11 attacks sparked a firestorm.

University president Hank Brown, in a news conference, said "the decision was really pretty basic" based on the board's findings. Churchill was accused of plagiarism, falsification and other infractions.

Said Brown: "The individual did not express regret, did not apologize, did not indicate a willingness to refrain from this type of
falsification in the future."

Immediately after the vote was announced, Churchill said "New game, new game." He has vowed to sue if the regents acted against him.

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ORIGINAL POSTING:

Ward Churchill is the controversial University of Colorado professor who garnered national attention following his controversial essay criticizing the U.S. in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Churchill's fate at the University remains uncertain as he has been the subject of an investigation into allegations of plagiarism and calls for his termination from the current and prior governor of the state.

I've never followed the situation that closely but I happened upon a recent Churchill interview on the Fox affiliate in Denver that I thought offered an in depth and balanced perspective...one that went beyond the hype that has typified the situation since the outset.

Let me be clear...I am not defending Churchill or his 9/11 essay...but he is an articulate and intelligent individual who offers some alternative perspectives on terrorism and the impact of U.S. foreign policy around the world which merit hearing and discussing.

I was unable to find a copy of the interview that I could embed here at Thought Theater so I've included links to both the interview and the essay that began the controversy. The interview is approximately twenty minutes.

Tagged as: 9/11, Boulder, University of Colorado, Ward Churchill

Daniel DiRito | July 24, 2007 | 7:45 PM
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Comments

1 On July 24, 2007 at 8:50 PM, Rich Horton wrote —

You might want to also put up an example of an academic looking at Churchill's "work". Professor Thomas Brown's essay is a good example.

Cheers.

2 On July 24, 2007 at 9:52 PM, Gem wrote —

Ward Churchill's political opinions aside, he falsified his credentials, plagiarized most of his "works", and is absolutely lacking in ethical standards of any kind. I'm glad CU finally ditched the guy, rather than being intimidated that he will "sue".

3 On July 24, 2007 at 10:38 PM, truthteller wrote —

He has gained super hero status with the left because of his repugnant beliefs and statements. Now the left will believe that he walks on water. He will likely make millions from his lawsuit against the university. He will be portrayed as an underdog and martyr by the left-wing press. He will be paid millions more on the lecture circuit as the darling of extremists everywhere.

4 On July 24, 2007 at 11:33 PM, Daniel wrote —

truthteller,

I would hardly call Ward Churchill a super hero of the left. Perhaps your characterization is akin to the hyperbole that I mention in the posting?

No doubt he got himself into the predicament he's in but that doesn't nullify everything the man has ever said or written.

Thought Theater is a place for discussion and dialogue. Feel free to offer thoughts and observations that advance that objective.

Thanks to all for commenting.

Regards,

Daniel

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