Tonight: Ward Churchill at Burning Books
by Cory Perla (@ExitMusicCory) - posted 10:20 am, May 22, 2013
Ward Churchill at Burning Books
Wednesday, May 22
Burning Books, which has quickly become a vital focus for progressives and radicals alike, has brought in plenty of controversial speakers since it opened its doors in 2011. But none of them are as polarizing as Ward Churchill, whose 2001 essay in response to the 9/11 attacks, “On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,” argued that Americans had reaped what US government policy had sown. In 2007, the University of Colorado fired Churchill for academic misconduct, but his defenders continue to argue he was fired because of the outrage his ideas provoked. Whatever the case, Churchill’s scholarly work on the FBI, COINTELPRO, and the oppression of indigenous peoples are highly regarded. Love him or hate him, or both, Churchill’s talk is not to be missed. His appearance at Burning Books is made possible in part by noted First Amendment attorney Joseph M. Finnerty.
– geoff kelly
7pm Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street (burningbooksbuffalo.com) free