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Tonight: Ward Churchill at Burning Books

Ward Churchill at Burning Books

Wednesday, May 22

syt7Burning 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

Ward04-22-2013


  • John (not McCain)

    He makes funny noises come out of stupid people. Hope I can make it!

  • MaxPlanck

    Churchill’s a self-serving thug and a bore. While not disputing his right to speak out to an audience of dullards who’re compelled to patronize plagiarizers, giving him a platform is somewhat akin to spewing your seeds on the ground.

  • rastamaniac

    Churhcihill astutely pointed out that the right wing boogie man Richard Nixon did more for the environment and native peoples among other causes than the current corporate sponsored phoney occupying the White House. It was fun to see the sagging visages of Obama supporters when the damning facts were laid out.