The lone dissenting vote among the CU Regents last week, Cindy Carlisle, is catching heat from some of her republican constituents for her vote.
Those daffy anonymities over at wardchurdhill.net are saying CU is claiming "its decision was based on a “unanimous” faculty recommendation." They also continue to insist that "only one of five [investigating subcommittee] members recommended dismissal," not mentioning that while that is nominally true, a majority of the five voted to terminate Churchill, and the board was unanimous in finding Churchill guilty of "serious research misconduct." Toward the end, Churchill misidentifies wardchurchill.net as "wardchurchillsupport.net."
Jared Ball, Aspiring Green Party presidential nominee ("Ball in '08, Don't Hate!") and "Jazz & Justice" radio host, has a long two-part telephone interview with Ward Churchill conducted yesterday. (big ht Waldo Pepper)
Part One Purely and supremely soporific.
Part Two Again, do not operate heavy machinery while under the influence of this interview. Churchill must have done some reading; he mentions it was hemorrhagic smallpox that was intentionally inflicted upon the Mandans (the hemorrhagic form of smallpox is rare and has a mortality rate of nearly 100%)
Slapstick Politics surveys the latest from the commentariat concerning the abolition of tenure and the elimination of Victims Studies.
Professor Aaron Barlow continues to be rara avis: A progressive scholar who understands the importance of cleaning both academia's house and Churchill's clock (but sadly, Barlow thinks progressives are capable of either). Will one broom be enough?
I would rather see progressives do it [reform the academy], for their liberal ideas fit better with the underlying concepts of “liberal arts” (see Michael Bérubé’s What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?). But progressives, like John K. Wilson (who wrote the other article, titled “Ward Redux”), seem to have fixated on First Amendment rights to the point where they are doing no more than chasing their own tails. Certainly, they aren't contributing to the needed debate underlying future reform. They refuse to admit, for example, that Churchill was (and is) a problem for academia and continue to try to defend the indefensible. This does not help at all.
Wilson writes, in response to my assertion that Churchill had no business teaching, that “Churchill’s popularity among many students shows that it was a disservice to fire him.” Rapper 50 Cent is popular with students, too, but that wouldn’t earn him a place among the faculty.