Skip to comments.DePaul invites Ward Churchill to lecture, University sued by professor fired for supporting Israel
Posted on 09/19/2005 6:53:51 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
DePaul University, currently being sued by a professor terminated for a spirited discussion with Muslim students about Middle East politics, has invited Ward Churchill to lecture next month.
Churchill is the University of Colorado professor who attracted national attention for his essay characterizing Sept. 11 victims as "little Eichmanns," for explaining that al-Qaida had a legitimate beef with the U.S. and for questions raised about his own background and resume.
But Chicago's DePaul as a venue is of particular note given its treatment of professor Thomas Klocek, currently suing the university for defamation over his suspension for behavior in a Student Activities Fair last year.
Klocek alleges the administrators wrongly characterized his arguments as racist and bigoted. He seeks damages against the school for maligning his "integrity and professional competence."
Last September, Klocek attended the fair on campus and happened to visit the table of the Students for Justice in Palestine, a statement announcing the lawsuit stated. After the professor took a handout that showed an Israeli bulldozer destroying a Palestinian house, he began discussing the Middle East with the students manning the table.
Klocek says one of the students likened the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to Hitler's treatment of the Jewish people a statement to which he took offense. The professor challenged the students by quoting an Arab source concluding that although most Muslims are not terrorists, most of today's terrorists are Muslims.
The student group subsequently filed a complaint against Klocek with Dr. Susanne Dumbleton, dean of the School for New Learning, resulting in his suspension with pay. The dean took action without the normally required hearing.
Writing about the incident in the school paper, Dumbleton stated, "No student anywhere should ever have to be concerned that they will be verbally attacked for their religious belief or ethnicity."
DePaul President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider also wrote a letter slamming Klocek, which was published in April in Denver's Rocky Mountain News.
Wrote Holtschneider: "Last September, Klocek acted in a belligerent and menacing manner toward students who were passing out literature at a table in the cafeteria. He raised his voice, threw pamphlets at students, pointed his finger near their faces and displayed a gesture interpreted as obscene. DePaul offered to give Klocek a spring quarter class assignment if he met with the students to apologize for his behavior and if the program director could drop by his class to ensure that the health issues that affected his teaching were resolved. He refused."
Holtschneider's letter is cited in the suit as an example of libel against Klocek, who says there was no shouting, throwing of paper, threats or obscene gestures exchanged during the argument.
As an adjunct professor, Klocek technically is hired quarter by quarter. Since he didn't accept the university's demand of an apology, Klocek did not teach in the spring quarter, nor was he paid.
Klocek's attorney, John Mauck, said in a statement: "When Dean Dumbleton wrote in The DePaulia and characterized that professor Klocek attacked students' 'religious beliefs and ethnicity,' DePaul hung a Scarlet 'R' of racism on a loyal and much loved professor who has served DePaul University for 14 years without complaint. DePaul worked to ruin Klocek's reputation because of the content of his comments, not his conduct."
Klocek flatly rejects DePaul's demand he apologize for what he said.
"The university now demands (but has not always done so) an apology as a pre-condition to further employment," said Klocek. "My question: For what specifically? To date, I have received no written charges. An apology for the content of my speech? For what I said? It would be wrong indeed to censure the students for their ideas and beliefs. However, the university administration, realizing that apologizing for my opinions would amount to an unwarranted censorship of ideas, now asks me to apologize for conduct in which I have not engaged.
"The draconian penalties to which I have been subjected are deeply distressing in light of the central issue here: free speech."
Churchill's controversy stems from an essay the professor wrote titled "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," written shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. In it, he describes the thousands of American victims who died in the World Trade Center inferno as "little Eichmanns" (a reference to notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann) who were perpetuating America's "mighty engine of profit." They were destroyed, he added, thanks to the "gallant sacrifices" of "combat teams" that successfully targeted the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.
In the fury that followed, numerous accusations were raised against Churchill, including charges of plagiarism, that his claimed American Indian heritage is fraudulent, that his hiring and fast track to tenure was based on false information and that he had plagiarized the works of other scholars. As WorldNetDaily reported, Churchill has also been accused of violating copyright law by claiming a renowned artist's work as his own.
Pro-Churchill and anti-Klocek, DePaul is bass-ackwards.
The socialist-mill just keeps on churning them out, scum making future scum.
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Having the Faux-Native American, Anti-American, uttering his vile anti-semitic bile is not going to help De Paul.
Don't you just love the irony of it.
I would imagine DEA has someone following him around to see who takes delivery at these various schools he visits.
Isn't this a Catholic college? Where is all the high and mighty moral fiber? Just checking.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Also, Professor Norman Finkelstein, will have a book signing at the Barnes and Noble downtown at DePaul's Loop Campus (1 E. Jackson) and the event is on Tuesday September 20th at 12:30
Finkelstein's new book is called "Beyond Chutzpah, on the misuse of anti-semitism and abuse of history". It's a book about how Israeli apologists distort the facts about Israels human rights abuses and contribute to the oppression of Palestinians. The interesting thing about this event is that Barnes and Noble cancelled the event, but after activists and Palestine supporters called Barnes and Noble to compain, the event was rescheduled
Moron Finkelstein here.
M. Cherif Bassiouni
Distinguished Research Professor of Law;
President, International Human Rights Law Institute
OFFICE LOCATION: 823 OM
FAX NUMBER: 312.362.5448
M. Cherif Bassiouni is a Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law and President of the International Human Rights Law Institute. He is also President of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy, as well as the Honorary President of the International Association of Penal Law (President 1989-2004), based in Paris, France.
He has served the United Nations in a number of capacities, including as: Member and then Chairman of the Security Council's Commission to Investigate War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia (1992-94); Commission on Human Rights' Independent Expert on The Rights to Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1998-2000); Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1995); and Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the 1998 Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court. In 2004, he was appointed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan.
In 1999, Professor Bassiouni was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the field of international criminal justice and for his contribution to the creation of the International Criminal Court. . He has received the following medals: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (Commander), Federal Republic of Germany (2003); Legion dHonneur (Officier), Republic of France (2003); Order of Lincoln of Illinois, United States of America (2001); Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Republic of Austria (1990); Order of Sciences (First Class), Arab Republic of Egypt (1984); Order of Merit (GrandUfficiale), Republic of Italy (1977), and Order of Military Valor (First Class), Arab Republic of Egypt (1956).. He has also received numerous academic and civic awards, including the Special Award of the Council of Europe (1990); the Defender of Democracy Award, Parliamentarians for Global Action (1998) The Adlai Stevenson Award of the United Nations Association (1993); and the Saint Vincent DePaul Humanitarian Award (2000).
Professor Bassiouni is the author of 27 and editor of 44 books, and the author of 217 articles on a wide range of legal issues, including international criminal law, comparative criminal law, and international human rights law. His publications have appeared in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish. Some of these publications have been cited by the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the United States Supreme Court, as well as by several United States Appellate and Federal District Courts, and also by several State Supreme Courts.
J.D., Indiana University; LL.B. University of Cairo; LL.M. (International and Maritime Law), The John Marshall Law School; S.J.D. (International Criminal Law), George Washington University; Doctor of Law, honoris causa, University of Torino (Italy), University of Pau (France), Niagara University (U.S.A.) and National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Seminar: International Criminal Law (Substantive)
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Only leftists are entitled to Freedom of Speech, especially when they use it to trash America, Israel, Western civilization and religions other than Islam.
These people are insane. What does Ward Churchill add to the education of anyone? Good-bye, DePaul.
Leftists suck. They are the kind of people who can praise any country but their own.
Dean Dumbelton said in an interview with the campus paper that she was
deeply saddened by the loss of intellectual empowerment that the students suffered.
She later wrote a letter to the same paper that the
students perspective was dishonored, and their freedom demeaned. Individuals were deeply insulted.
She said she had met with the students and apologized to them for the insult and disrespect they endured.
I regret the assault on their dignity, their beliefs, their individual selves.
Remember that these alleged abuses and injuries were all suffered as a result of one 15-minute conversation with Professor Klocek in the cafeteria. One wonders how the University might describe a rape or murder victim. Could such an offense to a victim be any greater than that supposedly suffered by the Muslim students who were forced to discuss their propaganda with somebody who did not agree with them?
As the humorist Dave Barry would say, I am not making any of this up. This is the house of horrors that DePaul has become, and this is how the university administration defends its outrageous behavior. It is why Professor
Klocek plans to sue the university.
In the black-is-white, white-is-black world that is DePaul, he has been left with no other option. When you stand for Israel at DePaul, you will not be left standing much longer.
The Middle East Institute would like to thank Xenel Industries Ltd. of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Alireza family for their generous support in the design and maintenance of this web site. We also thank the author, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, who graciously authorized the electronic publication of his book in order to further our mission of improving American understanding of the culture of the Middle East.
Far too many colleges and universities these days are nothing more than festering cesspools of socialism interspersed with random flashes of education.
Not being a Catholic, I'm not sure if it's fair to use the word "apostate" in describing DePaul, but it sure springs to mind.
From the Cardinal Newman Society:
Bishops have now ended recognition of four historically Catholic colleges since Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, although it appears none of the colleges sought to preserve that recognition. The 1990 document gives local bishops the responsibility of determining whether colleges can bear the label Catholic. Catholic colleges established prior to 1990 are assumed to be Catholic and to conform sufficiently to the guidelines of Ex Corde Ecclesiae until a bishop or the college declares otherwise. Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, was identified as no longer Catholic by Cardinal Edward Egan of the Archdiocese of New York in 2003, following a similar protest by Cardinal Newman Society of the colleges commencement speaker, pro-abortion New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer. CNS also protested Spitzer as the commencement speaker at Marymount Manhattan College last year, but no public action was taken by the Archdiocese and the College took no step to identify itself as nonsectarian. Two other historically Catholic colleges in Rochester, New YorkNazareth College and Saint John Fisher Collegeare also no longer recognized as Catholic by Bishop Matthew Clark.
But he's 1/298th indian.
Those are certainly precedents. Thanks for the info.
I realize that ending recognition would very much be an option of last resort, but it seems that DePaul is in severe need of corrective action. I hope that alumni and other interested parties are exploring all their options.
Maybe the Israeli's could satisfy the ignorant Muslim supporters of terrorists, and really treat the Palestinians as Hitler treated the Jews.
Possibly this would satisfy the students?
Only difference is - Jews were at peace.
It's up to the blogs, FR, WorldNetDaily, and FrontPage to continue to build the story. Francis Cardinal George, the local archbishop, is a nuts-and-bolts Catholic, but also likes to stay clear of controversey.
The right reporter could blow this thing wide open. I surely wish Mike Royko was still around. John Kass isn't a pimple on Mike's butt.
Going by comments like this:
"Leftists suck. They are the kind of people who can praise any country but their own."
It's obvious no one here has read Ward Churchill or knows the first thing about him. He's been very scathing in his criticism of Marxism and all countries across Europe and Asia.
Ward Churchill ... A Creek and enrolled Keetoowah Band Cherokee
Well, we know he isn't either one.
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