Middle East studies in the News
In Defense of Ayers [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Jack Stripling
William Ayers has been trashed by conservative pundits and labeled "an unrepentant domestic terrorist" by Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, but the University of Illinois at Chicago professor has garnered the support of a growing number of peers who admire his scholarship and see the attacks on him as an affront to academic freedom.
Ayers, who helped found a Vietnam-era protest group that was blamed for bombing government buildings, has been a faculty member at Illinois-Chicago since 1987. In a statement signed by faculty members across the country, professors have spoken out against "the demonization" of Ayers, whose alleged ties to the Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama have made headlines.
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