John Bruce over there In the Shadow of Mt. Hollywood reminds readers of the important questions that have yet to be answered about Ward Churchill
The Ward Churchill story broke almost a year ago; interestingly, Churchills status at the University of Colorado is unchanged, with the charges against him on indefinite hold. In the intervening period weve learned quite a bit about Churchills alleged plagiarism and misuse of sources, his alleged violent threats against those who cross him, his allegedly falsified Native American ancestry, and his thwarted career as a Native American artist. We havent learned a single new thing about how he was granted tenure at CU without a PhD and without serving the normal six-year probationary period as an assistant prof, when there were legitimate Native American candidates with PhDs applying for the job. All we know is what we learned soon after the story broke, that the administration claimed Cal State Northridge was on the verge of hiring him away, a story refuted immediately by a source familiar with Cal States hiring intentions at the time. CSUN never took him seriously as a candidate.
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