Kirstein Signs Another Petition in Defence of Courageous Professor Ward Churchill, University of Colorado

This petition was initiated by Teachers for a Democratic Society, that was formed  by several of those named in David Horowitz, Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. (Update: I noticed the signatories are now in excess of 400. I will not be updating the petition but the link to the website of Teachers for a Democratic Society is current.)


Support Academic Freedom

To Whom It May Concern:

As members of academic professions committed to the principle of academic freedom, we deplore the procedures and recommendations of the University of Colorado in the case of Professor Ward Churchill. Responding to a public outcry against Professor Churchill's constitutionally-protected free speech, the administration of the University of Colorado appointed a special committee to investigate the character and quality of Churchill's scholarship. The committee recommended his dismissal, a recommendation that is supported by university administrators.

The case against Professor Churchill is flawed on multiple contextual, procedural, and substantive grounds. Some of these are recognized by the university's own investigative committee. The committee's final report communicates a profound "disquiet" about the political motivations for the inquiry. Similarly, it worries about the fairness and legitimacy of a process that has the university's interim Chancellor serving as formal complainant against Professor Churchill while he's also positioned as prosecutor and judge. In addition to these misgivings about context and process, the report contains other substantive problems. These include (1) an unreasonably broad and elastic definition of "research misconduct"; (2) a near-obsessive interest in dissecting a small number of paragraphs and footnotes from an otherwise "impressive" and "unusually high volume" of academic work, an analysis that virtually guaranteed the discovery of errors, misrepresentations, and inconsistencies even as it reaffirmed the validity of several "general points" and a core of "historical truth"; and (3) a failure to fully appreciate the "scholar activist" and "public intellectual" roles—roles that, on balance, expand and enrich the academic and journalistic enterprises—that Professor Churchill was clearly expected to fill when hired by the University of Colorado.

The actions of the University of Colorado in this case constitute a serious threat to academic freedom. They indicate that public controversy is dangerous and potentially lethal to the careers of those who engage it. They suggest that professors—tenured and untenured alike—serve at the pleasure of politicians and pundits. They call into question standards of scholarship and peer review at Colorado 's flagship institution. They endanger not only those scholars working in that area where historical inquiry, critical social commentary, and political activism intersect—an area that defines the true locus of academic freedom in an open and democratic society—but also those historically disenfranchised "others" who are struggling to have their perspectives and programs represented in, and legitimized by, the academic mainstream. Thus, for a variety of reasons that go well beyond the scholarship and politics of a particular individual, we urge the University of Colorado to reverse its decision to fire Professor Ward Churchill.

Teachers for a Democratic Society

  1. K. Jahi Adisa, University of Connecticut
  2. Anthony Alessandrini, English, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY
  3. Mike Alewitz, Art, Central CT State University
  4. Douglas Allen, Philosophy, University of Maine
  5. Robert Alvarez, University of California, San Diego
  6. Jack Amariglio, Economics, Merrimack College
  7. Peter Amato, Drexel University
  8. Doug Anderson, University of Connecticut
  9. Anatole Anton, Philosophy, San Francisco State University
  10. Fulya Apaydin, Political Science, Brown University
  11. Robert Aponte, Indiana University
  12. Bing Aradanas, University of California at San Diego
  13. Eric Arnold, History, University of Denver
  14. David Arnow, CIS, Brooklyn College
  15. Stanley Aronowitz, Sociology, City University of New York
  16. Andrew Austin, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  17. Regina Austin, Law, University of Pennsylvania
  18. Bill Ayers, Education, University of Illinois-Chicago
  19. Ihsan Bagby, Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky
  20. James Francis Bailey, III, Indiana University School of Law
  21. M. Lynn Baker, Music, University of Denver
  22. Mona Baker, University of Manchester, UK
  23. Tarak Barkawi, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge
  24. Hatem Bazian, Near Eastern Studies, University of California-Berkeley
  25. Marc Becker, History, Truman State University
  26. Pamela Behan, Sociology, University of Houston – Downtown
  27. Joel Beinin, History, Stanford University
  28. Richard Bensel, Government, Cornell University
  29. Yael Ben-zvi, Ben-Gurion University
  30. John C. Berg, Government, Suffolk University
  31. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
  32. Carole Biewener, Economics and Women's Studies, Simmons College
  33. Vladimir Bilenkin, North Carolina State University
  34. Marc Bilodeau, Economics, IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis)
  35. Cyrus Bina, Economics and Management, University of Minnesota, Morris
  36. Michael Yellow Bird, (Arikara/Hidatsa), Indigenous Nations Studies Program, University of Kansas
  37. John D. Blanco, Literature, University of California, San Diego
  38. Julie Boddy, the Library of Congress
  39. Ken Bonetti, University of Colorado
  40. Scarlet Bowen, English, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  41. Clare Brandabur, DoÄŸuÅŸ University, Istanbul
  42. Margaret Breen, English and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut
  43. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
  44. Neil Brenner, sociology, New York University
  45. Denise Breton, independent scholar
  46. Renate Bridenthal, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Emerita
  47. Jeffrey Broadbent, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  48. Robert Brookins, Indiana University Law School, Indianapolis
  49. Susan Buck-Morss, Cornell University
  50. Paul Burkett, Economics, Indiana State University
  51. Daniel Burton-Rose, independent scholar
  52. Alec Campbell, Colby College
  53. Susan Sánchez Casal, Hamilton College
  54. Marí­a Elena Cepeda, Latina/o Studies, Williams College
  55. Barbara Chasin, Sociology, Montclair State University
  56. Hari Chathrattil, South Asia Center, Syracuse University
  57. Partha Chatterjee, Anthropology, Coumbia University
  58. Vivek Chibber, Sociology, New York University
  59. Levon Chorbajian, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  60. Roberto Corrada, Law, University of Denver
  61. João Cowperthwaite, Rutgers University
  62. James Craven/Omahkohkiaayo i'poyi, Clark College/Blackfoot Nation
  63. Cindy Cruz, UCLA
  64. Richard Curtis, Philosophy, Seattle Central Community College
  65. Bucker Dangor, Physics, Imperial College London, UK
  66. Michael Davidson, Palm Beach Community College
  67. Chuck Davis, Labor Studies, Indiana University
  68. Davy Davis, Theatre, University of Denver
  69. Anuj Dawar, University of Cambridge, UK
  70. Greg Dawes, Foreign Languages and Literatures, North Carolina State University
  71. Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Chicana/o Studies & English, University of California, Los Angeles
  72. Nicholas De Genova, Anthropology, Columbia University
  73. Enrique de la Cruz, Asian-American Studies, California State University-Northridge
  74. Herman De Ley, Ghent University (Belgium)
  75. Christof Demont-Heinrich, School of Communication, University of Denver
  76. Georgi M. Derluguian, Sociology, Northwestern University
  77. James G. Devine, Loyola Marymount University
  78. Scott Dexter, Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College/CUNY
  79. Jackie DiSalvo, English, City University of New York
  80. Bernardine Dohrn, Law, Northwestern University
  81. Jack Donnelly, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
  82. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, San Francisco State University
  83. Patrick Dyer, Psychology, U. of Toledo
  84. Rick Eckstein, Sociology, Villanova University
  85. Tracy Ehlers, Anthropology, University of Denver
  86. Nancy Ehrenreich, Law, University of Denver
  87. Zillah Eisenstein, Politics, Ithaca College
  88. Robert Elias, Politics, University of San Francisco
  89. Sharon Elise, Sociology and Ethnic Studies, California State University-San Marcos
  90. Mansour O. El-Kikhia, University of Texas at San Antonio
  91. Jane Ely, Sociology, Stony Brook University
  92. Emily Erikson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  93. Matthew Evangelista, Cornell University
  94. Fred Evans, Duquesne University
  95. Gil Eyal, Sociology, Columbia University
  96. Richard Falk, Law, Princeton University
  97. Ronald Farina, Business, University of Denver
  98. James Faris, Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Emeritus
  99. Richard Farthing, North Carolina Elementry School Teacher
  100. Samuel Day Fassbinder, Riverside Community College
  101. Sasan Fayazmanesh, Economics, California State University-Fresno
  102. Joe Feagin, Sociology, Texas A&M University
  103. Gordon Fellman, Sociology, Brandeis University
  104. Clinton Fernandes, University of New South Wales
  105. Robert M. Fishman, Sociology and Kellogg Institute Fellow, University of
    Notre Dame
  106. Richard Flacks, Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara
  107. Manzar Foroohar, California Polytechnic State University
  108. Richard W. Franke, Montclair State University
  109. H. Bruce Franklin, English and American Studies, Rutgers University
  110. Elaine Freedgood, English, New York University
  111. Lilian Friedberg, University of Illinois-Chicago
  112. Marcela Fuentes, Performance Studies, NYU
  113. Grover Furr, English, Montclair State University
  114. Jose I. Fuste, UC San Diego
  115. David Gabbard, East Carolina University
  116. Stephen Gallagher, independent scholar
  117. Ella Gant, Hamilton College
  118. Emma Garcia, Colby College
  119. Phil Gasper, Philosophy, Notre Dame de Namur University
  120. Rich Gibson, San Diego State University
  121. Alan Gilbert, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
  122. Melissa Gilbert, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University
  123. Terri Ginsberg, Ithaca College
  124. Kama Girard, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  125. Mikal Girard, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  126. Henry Giroux, McMaster University
  127. Chellis Glendinning, independent scholar
  128. Barbara Gold, Hamilton College
  129. Jack Goldstone, George Mason University
  130. Deena J. Gonzalez, Loyola Marymount University
  131. Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge, UK
  132. Lewis Gordon, Philosophy, Temple University
  133. Kim Gorgens, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
  134. Van Gosse, History, Franklin & Marshall College
  135. Roger S. Gottlieb, Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  136. Ilene Grabel, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
  137. Dennis Grammenos, Geography, Northeastern Illinois University
  138. Deborah Grealy, Education, University of Denver
  139. Cecilia Green, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
  140. Kathy Green, College of Education, University of Denver
  141. Harvette Grey, DePaul University
  142. Jennifer Mary Guglielmo, Smith College
  143. Christopher Gunn, Economics, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  144. Yvonne Haddad, History, Georgetown University
  145. LaDawn Haglund, School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State
  146. John Hall, McGill University
  147. Terry Hammond, Oregon Health and Science University
  148. Elaine Harger, Mount Si High School, Snoqualmie WA
  149. Beth Harris, Ithaca College
  150. Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University
  151. Sarah Hartman, independent scholar
  152. Doug Harvey, Johnson County Community College
  153. Korry Harvey, Western Washington University
  154. Linda Heidenreich, Washington State University
  155. Stefan Helmreich, Anthropology, MIT
  156. John F. Henry, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  157. Rebecca Hensley, St. Leo University
  158. Thushara Hewage, Anthropology, Columbia University
  159. Darrin Hicks, Human Communications Studies, University of Denver
  160. D. Emily Hicks, San Diego State University
  161. Caroline Higgins, History and Peace Studies, Earlham College
  162. Anthony Hilton, Concordia University, Montreal
  163. Robert Hironimus-Wendt, Sociology and Anthropology, Western Illinois University
  164. Patrick Colm Hogan, University of Connecticut
  165. A. Kathryn Hohman, Anthropology, Columbia University
  166. Julia Bolton Holloway, University of Colorado at Boulder, Emeritus
  167. G. S. Hudson, independent scholar
  168. Mark Hudson, Progressive Librarians Guild
  169. Mickey Huff, History, Berkeley City College
  170. Naeem Inayatullah, Ithaca College
  171. Alex Inkeles, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  172. T. M. Itsou, University of Connecticut
  173. Arnold Itwaru, Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto
  174. Matthew Frye Jacobson, American Studies, Yale University
  175. Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado Boulder
  176. Derrick Jensen, independent scholar
  177. Robert Jensen, Journalism, University of Texas-Austin
  178. Radha Jhappan, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  179. Richard A. Jones, Philosophy, Howard University
  180. Keith Jordan, CUNY
  181. Alfred Joseph, Miami University
  182. Donna M. Joss, Worcester State College (Emeritus)
  183. Patience Kabamba, Columbia University
  184. Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  185. Anne Kane, Sociology, University of Houston – Downtown
  186. Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, California State University-Long Beach
  187. Cindi Katz, City University of New York
  188. Eileen Kaufman, Touro Law School
  189. Kerwin Kaye, American Studies, New York University
  190. Kamala Kempadoo, Social Science, York University, Toronto
  191. Alfred Killilea, Political Science, University of Rhode Island
  192. Michael Kimmel, Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook
  193. Peter N. Kirstein, History and Political Science, St Xavier University
  194. Josh Klein, Iona College
  195. Patricia N. Klingenberg, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  196. Alexandra Kowalski, Sociology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  197. Christian Kraatz, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  198. John M. Krafft, English, Miami University-Hamilton
  199. Tamara Kuennen, Law, University of Denver
  200. Richard Lachman, Sociology, SUNY-Albany
  201. Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon
  202. Amar K. Lahiri, University of Rhode Island
  203. Vinay Lal, History, UCLA
  204. Matthew Lange, Sociology, McGill University, Montreal
  205. Lauren Langman, Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago
  206. Mark A. Lause, History, University of Cincinnati
  207. John Lawrence, The College of Staten Island
  208. Angela D. Ledford, The College of Saint Rose
  209. Jerry Lembcke, Sociology, Holy Cross College
  210. John R. Leo, University of Rhode Island
  211. Jacob Levich, SUNY-Stony Brook
  212. Mark LeVine, History, UCI
  213. Ursula Lindqvist, University of Colorado
  214. Eloise Linger, SUNY- Old Westbury
  215. Gerardo R. Lopez, Indiana University
  216. Eric Lott, University of Virginia
  217. Bernice Lott, Psychology & Women's Studies, University of RI, emeritus
  218. Ashley Lucas, UNC Chapel Hill
  219. William Lynch, Wayne State University
  220. Staughton Lynd, independent scholar
  221. Lauren Lyon, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  222. Vincent Lyon-Callo, Anthropology, Western Michigan University
  223. David MacGregor, King's University College
  224. Tina Majkowski, Performance Studies, New York University
  225. Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University
  226. Eric Mann, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles
  227. Gail Mansouri, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  228. Sandra Mathison, University of British Columbia
  229. Julie Matthaei, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
  230. John Maynard, English, New York University
  231. Robert McChesney, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois
  232. Aminah Beverly McCloud, Religious Studies, DePaul University
  233. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, University of South Florida
  234. Denise Eileen McCoskey, Classics, Miami University
  235. Terrence McDonough, Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway
  236. Peter McLaren, UCLA
  237. Eduardo Mendieta, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center, Stony Brook University
  238. Lily Mendoza, Human Communication Studies, University of Denver
  239. Louis Mendoza, Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota
  240. Stephen Mennell, Sociology, University College Dublin
  241. Oneida (Zia) Meranto, Political Science, Metropolitan State College, Denver
  242. Sandro Mezzadra, Università di Bologna, Italia
  243. Peter Michelson, U. of Colorado, retired
  244. John Miller, Wheaton College
  245. Lyn Miller-Lachmann, independent scholar
  246. Majid Mohammadi, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, SUNY-Binghamton
  247. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Women's Studies, Syracuse University
  248. David Montano, Music, University of Denver
  249. Michael Montoya, Anthropology & Chicano/Latino Studies, UC-Irvine
  250. Dreama Moon, Communication, California State University-San Marcos
  251. Robin Moore, Independent Scholar
  252. Carlos Muñoz, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
  253. Carolina Bank Muñoz, Brooklyn College-CUNY
  254. Austin Murphy, Finance, Oakland University
  255. Alan G. Nasser, The Evergreen State College, Emeritus
  256. Kamran Nayeri, University of California, Berkeley
  257. Manny Ness, Brooklyn College / CUNY
  258. Sam Noumoff, McGill University
  259. Dan Novak, University of Rhode Island
  260. Katrina Oliveira, University of Hawai'i
  261. Bertell Ollman, Politics, NYU
  262. Jackie Orr, Sociology, Syracuse University
  263. William T. O'Malley, University of Rhode Island
  264. Poornima Paidipaty, Columbia University
  265. Priya Parmar, Brooklyn College – CUNY
  266. Karen Paton-Evans, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  267. Edward Paulino, John Jay College
  268. David Pellow, Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
  269. Michael Perelman, Economics, California State University, Chico
  270. Emma Perez, Ethnic Studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  271. Nicole Perez, DePaul University
  272. Rafael Perez-Torres, UCLA
  273. Rosalind Petchesky, Hunter College, City University of New York
  274. Stephen Philion, St. Cloud State University
  275. Bruce Pietrykowski, Economics, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  276. Stephen Pitti, Yale University
  277. Charles Post, Social Science, BMCC-CUNY
  278. Joshua Price, Human Development, State University of New York at Binghamton
  279. Michelle Primavera, Montclair State University
  280. Alberto Prunetti, independent scholar
  281. Burn Purdon, SnowStar Institute of Religion
  282. Michael Pyshnov, Toronto, Canada
  283. William Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  284. Reiland Rabaka, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
  285. Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College
  286. Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
  287. Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University
  288. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas, Anthropology/Latino Studies, Rutgers University
  289. Nagesh Rao, The College of New Jersey
  290. Andree J Rathemacher, University of Rhode Island Libraries
  291. Raheel Raza, independent scholar
  292. Rush Rehm, Drama and Classics, Stanford University
  293. Michael A. Rice, University of Rhode Island
  294. Sam Richards, Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
  295. Ann Krohn Rick, University of Colorado, Boulder
  296. Robin Riley, Women's Studies Program, Syracuse University
  297. John-Michael Rivera, English, University of Colorado at Boulder
  298. Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  299. Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside
  300. Besenia Rodriguez, Yale University
  301. David Roediger , University of Illinois
  302. Florence Wagman Roisman, Indiana U. School of Law
  303. Brenda M. Romero, Musicology, University of Colorado Boulder
  304. Peter W. Rose, Miami University of Ohio
  305. Robert C. Rosen, English, William Paterson University
  306. Martha Rosler, Visual Arts, Rutgers University
  307. Andrew Ross, American Studies, NYU
  308. E. Wayne Ross, Education, University of British Columbia
  309. Mérida Rúa, Latina/o Studies and American Studies, Williams College
  310. Cheryl Rubenberg, Florida International University (retired)
  311. Carl A. Rubino, Classics, Hamilton College
  312. Kristin Ruppel, Montana State University
  313. Ann Russo, DePaul University
  314. Natsu Taylor Saito, Georgia State University College of Law
  315. Dean Saitta, Anthropology, University of Denver
  316. Kirkpatrick Sale, independent scholar
  317. Ann Scales, Law, University of Denver
  318. Naomi Schiller, Anthropology, New York University
  319. Sanford F. Schram, Bryn Mawr College
  320. Malini Schueller, University of Florida
  321. Manuel Schwab, Columbia University
  322. Michael Schwartz, Sociology, SUNY-Stony Brook
  323. Michael Seltzer, Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway
  324. Janine Sepúlveda, AEI, University of Oregon
  325. Jesús Sepúlveda, University of Oregon
  326. Peter Seybold, Sociology, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
  327. Stephen R. Shalom, Political Science, William Paterson University
  328. Timothy Shortell, Sociology, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  329. Eleni Sikelianos, English, University of Denver
  330. Wallace Sillanpoa, Italian, University of Rhode Island
  331. Marina Sitrin, Gallatin School, New York University
  332. David Smilde, University of Georgia
  333. Anna Marie Smith, Cornell University
  334. David A. Smith, Sociology, UC-Irvine
  335. Tyson Smith, Sociology, SUNY-Stony Brook
  336. Bryan Snyder, Bentley College
  337. Mike Sobocinski, independent scholar
  338. Susana M. Sotillo, Linguistics, Montclair State University
  339. Rudy Soto, Portland State University
  340. Thomas B. Spademan, Philosophy, Mott Community College
  341. Shannon Speed, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  342. John Staeck, College of DuPage
  343. David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago
  344. Nandini Sundar, University of Delhi, India
  345. Paul Sutton, Geography, University of Denver
  346. Omar Swartz, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
  347. Carl Swidorski, The College of Saint Rose
  348. Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College
  349. Makram Talih, Hunter College, CUNY
  350. Harry Targ, Political Science, Purdue University
  351. Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University
  352. Peter Taubman, Brooklyn College
  353. Michael Taylor, Philosophy, Oklahoma State University
  354. Gregory Tewksbury, Lang College, New School University
  355. Margie Thompson, Mass Communications, University of Denver
  356. Chris Tilly, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  357. Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz
  358. Sherrie Tucker, University of Kansas
  359. Eric Tymoigne, California State University, Fresno
  360. Lisa Uperesa, Anthropology, Columbia University
  361. Edward Valandra, University of California at Davis
  362. Alexandra Vazquez, Yale University
  363. Michael Vocino, Film and Media Studies, University of Rhode Island
  364. Antina von Schnitzler, Anthropology, Columbia University
  365. Nancy Wadsworth, Political Science, University of Denver
  366. Derek Wall, Politics, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  367. Victor Wallis, Berklee College of Music
  368. Margaret Whilde, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
  369. Benjamin Whitmer, Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado
  370. Vondora Wilson, Suffolk County Community College
  371. Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
  372. George Wolfe, Music and Peace Studies, Ball State University
  373. Rosemarie Wolfe, SnowStar Institute
  374. Laiana Wong, University of Hawai'i
  375. Lesley Wood, York University
  376. Bruce E Wright, California State University, Fullerton
  377. Yavuz Yasar, Economics, University of Denver
  378. Michael D. Yates, Economics, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown-Emeritus
  379. Keith Yearman, Geography, College of DuPage
  380. Ana Celia Zentella, Ethnic Studies, University of California at San Diego
  381. John Zerzan, independent scholar

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