Friday, September 24, 2010

Worthy of tenure, but not emeritus status?

Conservatives are enjoying the story that the University of Illinois at Chicago has denied Bill Ayers emeritus status based on his dedicating a book to, among others, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy's son, a member of the school's board, spoke out to deny him the largely honorific status.
The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy.

All nine voting trustees either opposed granting Ayers, a recently retired University of Illinois-Chicago professor, the largely honorary status or abstained from the vote. Universities often grant emeritus status to distinguished retired faculty members. At Illinois it doesn't come with any monetary benefits, spokesman Tom Hardy said.

Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, an anti-war group held responsible for a series of bombings during the Vietnam War era, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

Trustees voted after a speech by Kennedy in which he noted the 1974 book "Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism," by Ayers and other members of the Weather Underground. The book includes a dedication to a lengthy list of revolutionary figures, musicians and others, including Sirhan Sirhan, who shot Robert Kennedy to death in 1968 after the New York senator declared victory in the California Democratic presidential primary.

"There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one's opponents by killing them," Kennedy said. "There can be no place in a democracy to celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so."
The guy was suitable to teach at the university for over 20 years and to lead programs to train teachers, yet now they put their foot down over giving him the title of emeritus?

They hired him in the first place and kept him there as a respected member of their faculty. Pardon me, but I'm not impressed with the university's fortitude of coming out against the idea of honoring assassins.


tfhr said...

"...the good [of Wm Ayers] far outweighs any negative press." ~ Dean Vicki Chou, UIC School of Education

UIC, under the direction of Dean Chou, can establish a scholarship or chair for political assassins in celebration of William Ayers' unique contributions to our nation's democratic traditions. Perhaps each year UIC can hold a huge rally and cheer the death of an American senator and US Presidential candidate. There can be a tribute to Sirhan Sirhan and William Ayers can be the keynote speaker. What a proud day for UIC!

On the other hand, this will be a day to remember as I find myself strangely in agreement with a Kennedy. Perhaps there is hope for that family.

ic said...

That guy's father, a Commonwealth Edison exec, an over paid, overweened capitalist, got him the political job, as a faculty member in a U that admits politicians' underqualified spawns.

Frankly, that guy should have grown up already. Yet, like his protégé, the guy in the White House, his over indulged childhood lasts his whole life.

Only wonder if Mr. Kennedy would have stood up against him if Sirhan gunned down someone else, e.g. a Goldwater, or a W. Haven't heard him denounce that stupid movie to assassinate president W. Seems that movie hit quite close to home too, no?

Dean Chou is kissing up to Ayers to please the guy in the White House.

Bachbone said...

Would Kennedy have even known about the Ayers "honor" if not for his infamous notoriety because of conservatives delving into Obama's past associations? Probably not, since no one else was interested in Ayres, Rezko, Wright or what "hope and change" meant. Certainly the MSM (which should be renamed the DSM - Democrat Spin Machine) wasn't interested.

Pat Patterson said...

Tenure status there is determined strictly by the tenure committee of faculty and administration. Emiritus standing is determined by the board and is much more difficult and more likely to be denied because the board members often don't give a fig about what the faculty thinks.

So Cal Jim said...

What I'd like to know is, why would any parent PAY for their son or daughter to be taught by this evil scum?