William Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground who retired this summer as an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will not be granted emeritus professor status. “Emeritus professor” is the title often given to professors who retire from institutions in good standing and continue to teach or do research.

According to an article by Jodi Cohen in the Chicago Tribune:

In a very unusual move, University of Illinois trustees Thursday denied giving emeritus status to controversial retired professor William Ayers.

The vote, at a U. of I. board meeting in Urbana, was unanimous and came after a passionate speech by board chair Christopher Kennedy, who invoked the 1968 assassination of his father… in saying that he was voting his conscience.

Well this seems a little petty, especially since Robert F. Kennedy died in 1968 and UIC didn’t even hire Ayers until 1987, but duly noted.

In 1974 Ayers and several authors wrote a book called Prairie Fire. The long list of people in the dedication of the book included Sirhan Sirhan, the man who killed Robert F. Kennedy.

Daniel Luzer

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