Those anonymously fungis over at wardchurchill.net have posted a pdf of (ostensibly) the second complaint against CU's investigative subcommittee (ht (who else) Leah). The new complaint levels five new (but suspiciously familiar) charges, including:
- The Committee misrepresented and suppressed evidence concerning smallpox among the Wampanoags in New England, 1614-1618.
- The Committee misrepresented and suppressed evidence concerning Smith and the deliberate infection of the Wampanoags.
- The Committee misrepresented and suppressed evidence concerning the 1837 smallpox epidemic among the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara and the withholding of vaccine.
- The Committee misrepresented and suppressed evidence concerning the role of the military in the 1837 smallpox epidemic, and denied access to its sources.
- In asserting that Professor Churchill “disrespected” American Indian oral tradition, the Committee misrepresented, distorted, and suppressed evidence and exceeded its mandate to conduct a nonadversarial, fact-finding investigation.
...having just discovered in our own possession many of the texts these new complainants use to support their arguments, we'll take a look at each new charge tomorrow, and, as usual, keep you posted.
The Daily Camera adroitly opines (ht Leah)
Like many debates, the political dispute about Churchill centers on a few info-McNuggets but spins far beyond the realm of verifiable truth. Some conservatives see Churchill as emblematic of rampant left-wing orthodoxy in academe. Some leftists, meanwhile, spin the entire affair into a vast, right-wing conspiracy to silence those who "speak truth to power."
The heart of the issue, however, is academic. Its resolution should be empirical. Did Churchill, in 15 specific instances, commit research misconduct? As Brown notes, more than 25 professors who have formally investigated the allegations against Churchill and conducted hearings on the matter unanimously agree on two things:
First, that Churchill engaged in intentional and repeated research misconduct. Second, that the misconduct requires a severe sanction. People of good will can and do disagree on the appropriate response. The conspiracy theorists of both extremes only muddy the discourse and confuse the populace. It is sad and unfortunate that many will not rigorously address the underlying issue, which is one professor's academic deceit.
...speaking of info-McNuggets (part of this nutritious breakfast!), here's a transcript of a fatuous Fox News piece about the recent developments that manages to provide no information whatsoever; it actually makes NewsMax seem positively erudite. But at least it's brief. (again, ht Leah)
...and from yesterday's IHE comments section, another gem:
The range of commentary following the Churchill article today emphasizes, beyond any ‘reasoned’ facade, that the entire process initiated following the ‘outing’ of Churchill and cancellation of his speaking engagement ‘back when’ is politically motivated, aimed at homogenizing imperial discourse, and chilling dissent and academic freedom. Bottom line, one either supports free and open discourse or one does not—committees, politicians, ‘professional organizations’, ‘academics’ notwithstanding.Say! That could be our new motto: "PirateBallerina—homogenizing imperial discourse for over a fiftieth of a century!" Catchy! And you know, the commenter is right: We can feel the consequences already.
In suppressing it in the academic setting, the Board of Regents/President/compliant committees/AAUP et. al. are relocating it to other cultural, social and political arenas.
(Note, for instance, the broad mobilizations of ‘immigrants’ last year.) We are increasingly becoming two nations- a nation of immigrants, and a nation of ignorance.
You, who read this now, will feel the consequences of both the suppression of free and open discourse and the polarization of the population somewhere along the line.
...and speaking of adroit opinions, Drunkablog takes a look at a Denver Post opinion piece concerning the recent developments, and offers a one-sentence summation.