Churchill Remains Terminated, Lecture Series Still On
"University officials have distanced themselves from the planned lecture series — slated to begin Tuesday night — and say that Churchill remains terminated."
Fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill will return to the Boulder campus next week to begin teaching an unsanctioned course that's being organized by his student supporters.
University officials have distanced themselves from the planned lecture series — slated to begin Tuesday night — and say that Churchill remains terminated.
The students organizing Churchill's teachings say the series is intended for those who "missed out" on his years as an American Indian studies professor and as head of the ethnic studies department at CU.
Neither Churchill nor his student backers could be reached for comment Thursday.
"He's a professor, he likes to teach people — so that's what he's doing," said David Lane, Churchill's attorney, who was unaware of his client's planned lecture series.
CU officials released a statement Thursday afternoon emphasizing that any students who attend Churchill's discussions will not receive credit and the lectures aren't endorsed by the university or considered to be sanctioned academic coursework.
"Any CU student is at liberty to invite Ward Churchill to campus to speak, but this should not be viewed by anyone as a resumption of employment or of his former professorial role at the University of Colorado at Boulder," campus officials said in the statement.