Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bill Ayers Appearing at Millersville University

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — Republican state representatives from central Pennsylvania have written to university officials urging them to cancel an upcoming campus lecture by former radical activist William Ayers.
The Lancaster County lawmakers say the appearance at Millersville University would be inappropriate. His role in the radical Weather Underground 40 years ago became an issue in the recent presidential campaign.
Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago .

Millersville spokeswoman Janet Kacskos says the March 19 event is expected to go on as scheduled.

State System of Higher Education spokesman Kenn Marshall says system Chancellor John Cavanaugh hopes to meet with the lawmakers to discuss their concerns.

Messages left Friday for Ayers weren’t immediately returned.

Meanwhile, Ayers also has been invited to speak at Colorado ’s flagship university. Ayers is slated to appear next month at the University of Colorado in Boulder .

Also speaking is Ward Churchill, a former CU professor fired two years ago on plagiarism allegations after he equated some Sept. 11 victims to Nazi Adolf Eichmann Churchill and Ayers will take part in a student-organized lecture about academic freedom March 5.

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