Special Programming: Public Affairs on 07/04/11
Scholar, author, and activist Ward Churchill on "War, Genocide and Politics"
When a small activist group decided to invite controversial professor Ward Churchill to speak in Grand Junction CO on Memorial Day, they ignited a firestorm of opposition. The local paper called for protest, the Unitarian Church canceled the venue, and the local Tea Party, united in their opposition to what Churchill would say even before he said anything, split over his right to say anything at all.
Ward Churchill was professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder until 2007. He is a prolific author. Among his many books are Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, Indians Are Us? and A Little Matter of Genocide. Churchill was ousted from his position as Chairman of Ethnic Studies department due to increasing public outcry against the contents of an essay from his book, "Some People Push Back: On The Justice Of Roosting Chickens." Professor Churchill is currently suing the University of Colorado for violating his First Amendment rights by firing him in retaliation for his observations on 9/11.