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Ward Churchill at Pauley Ballroom 12 to 2pm

Monday, March 28, 2005
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Pauley Ballroom in the Student Union Building 2nd Floor

That's right, you heard it here first: Ward
> Churchill will come to the University of California,
> Berkeley on Monday, March 28.
> By way of Prof. Carlos Munoz of the Ethnic Studies
> Department:
> Department of Ethnic Studies Presents
"Academic Freedom in Peril: Prof. Ward Churchill and
His Right of Free Speech"
A Forum on Academic Freedom in Troubled Times


Prof. Ward Churchill, Native American & Ethnic
University of Colorado, Boulder

Prof. Ralph Hexter, Dean of Arts & Humanities
University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Natsu Saito, School of Law
Georgia State University

Prof. Carlos Munoz, Jr., Chicano & Ethnic Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Prof. L. Ling-chi Wang, Asian American & Ethnic
Studies University of California, Berkeley
Advance tickets are available at
or by calling 510.208.1700

> Over the past month, author, activist and professor
> Ward Churchill has found himself at the center of a
> media firestorm. The controversy is based on an
> essay Churchill wrote soon after 9-11, which he
> later expanded into an AK Press book, On the Justice
> of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the
> Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and
> Criminality. Using inflammatory and distorted
> political attacks conservative protestors used the
> essay to force Hamilton College in New York to
> cancel a speaking engagement Ward had scheduled
> there. Since then Mr. Churchill has stepped down as
> Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the
> University of Colorado. Not satisfied with this,
> Colorado Governor Bill Owens is demanding that Ward
> resign his position as a tenured professor as well.
> The mainstream media (including Bill O'Reily and Fox
> News) has picked up the story, distorting and
> misrepresenting the facts, as usual.
> Ward is appearing at select events to speak on the
> book that caused the media firestorm and the
> controversy surrounding it. Friday, March 25th at
> the Women’s Building in San Francisco, hear it
> straight from him, as Ward Churchill sets the record
> straight.
> --------
> About the book: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens:
> Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial
> Arrogance and Criminality (AK Press ): the book that
> caused a media firestorm. An expanded and
> meticulously annotated version of Churchill's essay
> "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting
> Chickens," which had the honor of being attacked by
> both Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh.
> As far as Ward Churchill is concerned, the record
> speaks for itself. The "Most Peace-Loving of
> Nations" has been engaged in brutal military
> campaigns in every corner of the globe, unceasingly,
> since its inception. In attempting to forever alter
> Americans false self-concept, Ward Churchill
> contextualizes US aggression and the most effective
> response to it yet--the attacks of Sept. 11th——in a
> readable format. Churchill has meticulously
> chronicled both U.S. military campaigns——domestic
> and foreign——from 1776 to the present and U.S.
> attempts to violate, obstruct and/or subvert
> International Law from from1945 to the present.
> Drawing from US military and interventionist
> history, lessons from Nuremberg and the UN's own
> voting records, the two Chronologies, exhaustively
> researched and annotated, illustrate a
> heart-wrenching history of senseless butchery and
> democracy deterred. In this context, the only
> fitting question for a nation still reeling from the
> wake-up call of Sept. 11th is "How can they not hate
> us?" In his newest offering, Churchill demands that
> the American public shake off its collective
> unconscious and take responsibility for the
> criminality carried out in its name.
> Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Cherokee) is professor of
> American Indian Studies at the University of
> Colorado/Boulder. A member of the leadership council
> of Colorado AIM (American Indian Movement), he is a
> past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier
> Defense Committee. A prolific writer and lecturer,
> he has authored, co-authored or edited more than 20
> books and 4 AK Press Audio CD’s.

— The u.s. is not a great nation, but is now merely
> an outlaw nation, a rogue nation. If the u.s.
> behaves itself, stops breaking international law,
> and does not attack any more small defenseless
> countries, it may be allowed to rejoin the community
> of civilized nations at some future point.
> — The great mass of people will more easily fall
> victim to a big lie than a small one.
> - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925 (today, the big
> lies are 9-11, "international terrorism," and all of
> bush's utterances)
> — I am often asked if I still think we should invade
> their countries, kill their leaders, and convert
> them to Christianity. The answer is: Now more than
> ever.
> - Ann Coulter, book "How to Talk to a Liberal (If
> You Must)," p. 21
> [Who would Christ bomb?] [ Out-of-control hate
> speech. How many people will die because of this
> poison? And yet there is no call to censor her, but
> only to censor, fire, blacklist, dis-bar, and jail
> those with unpopular political opinions critical of
> the government. Bush and neo-con hate speech causes
> many to die and countries to be dismantled, but no
> one calls for their removal.]
> — From 1945 to the end of the century, the United
> States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign
> governments, and to crush more than 30
> populist-nationalist movements struggling against
> intolerable regimes. In the process, the US caused
> the end of life for several million people, and
> condemned many millions more to a life of agony and
> despair.
> - William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's
> Only Superpower (Common Courage Press, 2000; ISBN
> 1-56751-194-5)
> — The greatest crime since World War II has been
> U.S. foreign policy.
> - Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
> Daniel Stone
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