Ward Churchill never got to talk at Hamilton College. But the controversial ethnic studies professor was supposed to have a platform tonight at his home campus, the University of Colorado at Boulder.
But on Monday, the university called off the appearance, citing security concerns. Ron Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs, said that there were "serious" threats against both Churchill and students who planned to attend. "We have received reports of threats made to students," said Stump. "We felt it was in the best interests of all concerned to cancel the talk at this time in order to allow us more time to plan for such an event at another time."
The talk, titled "Ward Churchill Speaks On His Book: Real Academic Discourse Outside the Filter of the Media," was sponsored by a group of students and faculty members who are backing Churchill. The university administration is currently reviewing his many controversial writings to determine if he should lose his job. Churchill's comments came under scrutiny after some of his writings circulated at Hamilton College, where a speech he was to have made last week was called off amid security threats.
Critics, including many Colorado politicians, have called on the university to dismiss Churchill because of his statements, in the wake of 9/11, that many of those who died in the World Trade Center were "little Eichmanns."
Churchill has said that reporters have distorted his comments, and that his statements are protected by the First Amendment.