The University of Nebraska-Lincoln rescinded its speaking invitation tonight for 1960s radical-turned-educator William Ayers.Saftey reasons? How about putting the Cornhuskers offensive line in fron of the stage? Oh wait, then Ayers would be a sitting duck.
University officials cited "safety reasons" for canceling Ayers' Nov. 15 appearance.
Spokeswoman Kelly Bartling declined to elaborate on what safety concerns would keep Ayers from addressing a College of Education and Human Sciences event.
Earlier today, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman strongly condemned the invitation and called on the NU Board of Regents and President J.B. Milliken to block it.
Heineman said through a spokeswoman this evening that he was pleased the university had reconsidered and rescinded the invitation.
An Omaha charitable foundation had announced it was pulling all of its contributions to the university. Several other donors also have indicated to university fundraisers that there could be a financial cost if Ayers speaks.
And Nebraskans by the hundreds continued to register their opposition with university administrators and others, lighting up phone lines and filling e-mail boxes.
Heineman said Ayers' invitation was "an embarrassment" to the state and that it goes beyond the bounds of the university's mission.
"Our citizens are clearly outraged and want action," Heineman said in an interview. "This is their university. This isn't even a close call. The university should immediately rescind the invitation."
Dean Marjorie Kostelnik said she spoke Thursday night with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman about "the climate around this issue."
Seriously, though, citing safety concerns is pretty weak. Just admit you folks thought it would be cool to have this nutcase speak there since probably a good portion of the faculty is kindred spirits with the guy. You just figured nobody would object.
But guess what. Normal people do not like this lowlife Ayers and it's a slap in the face to decent, law-abiding citizens to give this guy a stage, not to mention it's disrespectful to the victims of his terror to whom he's never apologized.
Naturally, some academic pinheads see otherwise.
Scholars said a decision to pull an invitation to Ayers could be seen by educators nationally as a school-sponsored curb on academic freedom.Please. All those "educators" will do is roll out the red carpert for Ayers nationwide, from Harvard to Madison to Berkeley. Mark it down.
Ayers went on to gain respect in the education field and become a scholar known for his ideas on school reform. At UNL, the plan was for him to limit his speech to graduate education students to that topic.Why doesn't anyone in the media tell us what kind of reform? Why do they never both to do some simple research?
President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests,comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!Is revolution the kind of reforms he's implemented as a "respected educator"? Is this the kind of reforms his pal Obama wants in this country?
This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggle—I look forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane. Thank you, Luis, for everything you’ve done.
I also thank my youngest son, Chesa Boudin, who is interpreting my talk this morning and whose book on the Bolivarian revolution has played an important part in countering the barrage of lies spread by the U.S. State Department and the corrupted Northamerican media.
Noboody seems interested in asking, so I guess we should.