InsiderHigherEd was kind enough to link my blog as one of the first to publish the July 24, 2007 decision day of the University of Colorado regents. On that date they will vote whether to revoke the continuous tenure of the intrepid Ward Churchill. Let there be no mistake or failure in analysing the core component of this travesty. Professor Churchill, in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, has been persecuted for daring to challenge the ethos of American exceptionalism and the notion that its use of force is defencive and ethical. Well those of us who care about democracy, academic freedom, free speech and America, will not passively accept persecution of any faculty member for her or his political beliefs and will challenge the disgraceful abuse of academic-administrative power. Higher education in this country is worth defending and fighting for as we veer toward a conformity of thinking fueled by a vicious, destructive, cruel effort to silence and intimidate progressive faculty.
InsideHigherEd, despite its more limited resources, has outhustled The Chronicle of Higher Education in reporting on several major academic freedom cases this year. Also I have noticed that InsideHigherEd is meticulous in acknowledging sources and is not governed by ideological angst but journalistic ethics in its reporting.
July 19, 2007 InsideHigherEd story:
Quick Takes: Regents to Vote July 24 on Ward Churchill
The University of Colorado Board of Regents will hold a special meeting July 24 to consider a proposal to fire Ward Churchill, the controversial ethnic studies professor who has been found by faculty committees and the president of the university system to have committed research misconduct. On Wednesday, several Web sites that have backed Churchill posted announcements of the meeting that reiterated Churchill’s view that he is being punished for his political views, and that called for students and others to protest at the meeting. A university spokeswoman confirmed late Wednesday that the meeting had been scheduled for July 24. She said that Churchill, the university’s lawyer, and a faculty committee would each meet privately with the board, which will deliberate in private, but vote in public on the proposal to fire Churchill, who has tenure. If the board votes to fire Churchill, he has vowed to sue to keep his job