Of course: Former Weather Underground radical convicted of felony murder now an adjunct professor at Columbia

posted at 6:01 pm on April 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

I have little sympathy for Ward Churchill but it does feel strange that his sins are grounds for banishment from academia when Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and now Kathy Boudin graduated from the Weathermen — and, in Boudin’s case, prison — to jobs in the ivory tower. Is Churchill’s real problem that he wasn’t militant enough? He talked a good game about how the U.S. had 9/11 coming but he never tried to blow anyone up to make the point. The same could be said of virtually any two-bit campus radical. Why hire him when you could hire someone made famous by their links to a group known for its willingness to kill for the cause?

Remember all of this the next time Chris Matthews or whoever airs a special tut-tutting Republicans for welcoming tea-party “radicals” into the fold.

Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned…

Boudin’s status of perp-turned-prof outraged the widow of one of her victims, Brinks guard and dad of three Peter Paige, who was gunned down by her accomplices from the Black Liberation Army on Oct. 20, 1981, in Rockland County.

Boudin acted as a getaway driver in the heist.

“She doesn’t deserve a job at all,” said Josephine Paige, 74, when told of Boudin’s posts. “She doesn’t deserve anything, nothing at all. I think she should be back in an institution.”…

Of the hundreds of students Boudin has taught, Yoshioka said, just three have expressed qualms about her criminal background, and only one “switched out” of a class because of those concerns.

I was just reading the part of Ayers’s Wikipedia bio that describes how he became a radical. Quote: “To stand still was to choose indifference. Indifference was the opposite of moral.” That’s a nice counterpoint to Columbia students shrugging off Boudin’s history. Incidentally, there’s another reason why the Weathermen honor roll may have gotten a little more leeway from liberal intellectuals than, say, Ward Churchill has: To varying degrees, they’re all children of privilege. Ayers’s father went on to become the head of one of Illinois’s biggest utilities; his friendship with the head of a major Chicago law firm later helped Dohrn land a job during her post-Weathermen phase. Boudin grew up in Manhattan, went to Bryn Mawr, and then wrangled a lighter sentence for herself then her accomplices in the Brinks job got thanks to help from one of her father’s law partners. These connections were their conduit back into polite liberal society (polite enough for Ayers to make the acquaintance of a future president) and made them “respectable” enough to employ at places like Columbia. Class warriors that they are, I wonder how much they enjoy the irony.

Here’s the boss emeritus weighing in on Fox News this afternoon. Click the image to watch.

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Despicable.

JohnAGJ on April 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Predictable.

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Acceptable

cozmo on April 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I predict in 4 years, there will be a golden statue of Dear leader at the campus.

nobar on April 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Surprised she is not working in the White House…

albill on April 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Of the hundreds of students Boudin has taught, Yoshioka said, just three have expressed qualms about her criminal background, and only one “switched out” of a class because of those concerns.

and there you have it.

arnold ziffel on April 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Tenurable

James on April 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I predict in 4 years, there will be a golden statue of Dear leader at the campus.

nobar on April 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Maybe onyx, not gold.

Washington Nearsider on April 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I still can’t believe my sister attended Columbia(and Barnard). I’ll bet if my folks(who grow more conservative with each passing year) had that one to do over, they would’ve demanded she go to another school.

Doughboy on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Why doesn’t congress initiate a program to fix and quantify the horrible list of professors and educators?

Speakup on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Of the hundreds of students Boudin has taught, Yoshioka said, just three have expressed qualms about her criminal background, and only one “switched out” of a class because of those concerns.

How many do you think even KNOW about her criminal background? My money’s on ‘pretty much nobody.’ You know it’s not in the course catalog, nor is it on the syllabus.

Washington Nearsider on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Sick people for a sick country.

BL@KBIRD on April 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

If she got the job in spite of her past, that might be a triumph of rehabilitation and second chances. If she got the job because of her past, that’s just rotten. Given that Ivy League universities generally don’t hire senior citizens who spend half of their working years in prison, I’m going to go ahead and call it the latter.

calbear on April 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Moochable.

GhoulAid on April 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Incidentally, there’s another reason why the Weathermen honor roll may have gotten a little more leeway from liberal intellectuals than, say, Ward Churchill has: To varying degrees, they’re all children of privilege.

I suppose, but it seems to me that Churchchill was wedded to the confrontational approach and maybe still is. It seems to me that Ayers, Dohrn and Boudin have switch to a more passive, and less threatening, brainwashing and indoctrination approach.

Dusty on April 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Maybe we should correct the mistakes of the past and have these people rounded up and given the punishment they should have received years ago. I don’t think statutes of limitations should apply to terrorists and traitors like John Kerry and the rest of Obama’s buddies.

Buddahpundit on April 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

You simply cannot make this stuff up anymore…

Oceania becomes more real than fiction every day.

Sick.

Polish Rifle on April 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Parolable.

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Unfortunately, my “shocked and appalled” gland is just too exhausted these days to produce anything more than “dismayed and mildly nauseous“.

squint on April 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM

now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work

LOL. Being a professor at a school of Social Work is like being on the kindergarten varsity squad. And she’s only an adjunct (not even up to kindergarten junior varsity) … just like Barky. i.e. a part-time instructor, something that every grad student HAS to do for his stipend.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Churchill was fired for plagiarism, not his vicious and vile opinions. “Prof Boudin” need only make sure that she doesn’t fail to attribute the work of others and she’ll be fine.

As for Columbia, recall that it LOVED Mussolini so much that it dedicated a building to him and he sent some of his personal furniture for it. The university has a thing for tyrants and radicals – and the law school takes that to a whole ‘nutta level.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Slimy liberal social work academics.

rplat on April 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

“…Indifference was the opposite of moral.” That’s a nice counterpoint to Columbia students shrugging off Boudin’s history.

Nicely put, Allahpundit. At least there were a few though. My money’s on the few anymore these days. The majority seems lost.

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

As for Columbia, recall that it LOVED Mussolini so much that it dedicated a building to him and he sent some of his personal furniture for it. The university has a thing for tyrants and radicals – and the law school takes that to a whole ‘nutta level.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Yep. They loved hosting Achmadinejad as a prestigious guest lecturer, too. They would have made him an adjunct but he had to get back to Tehran.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:34 PM

The university has a thing for tyrants and radicals – and the law school takes that to a whole ‘nutta level.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

They apparently have a thing for dog-eating future tyrants and radicals as well. Must be their No Radical Left Behind policy.

HumpBot Salvation on April 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Here’s the email address of the person who hired here. Write her with your *concerns*……..I did.
mry5@columbia.edu

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Slimy liberal social work academics.

rplat on April 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Ho! Wait a minute. Not all social workers are like this. I know……I’ve been one for the past 20+ years. This Columbia is a rogue university. Not all are like that.

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Of the hundreds of students Boudin has taught, Yoshioka said, just three have expressed qualms about her criminal background, and only one “switched out” of a class because of those concerns.

How many do you think even KNOW about her criminal background? My money’s on ‘pretty much nobody.’ You know it’s not in the course catalog, nor is it on the syllabus.

Washington Nearsider on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

And even if it were, some of the kids I know in their late teens and early 20s shrug off the 60s as ancient history not worth paying attention to. They view it as that quaint decade of mostly black and white photos, with some color Polaroid prints toward the end.

PatriotGal2257 on April 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I predict in due time it will be Senator Boudin (D, NY).
She’s obviously got all the qualifications for a Dem politician.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

What will the lefties do if their blessed messiah goes to war in Korea?

….after all LBJ did Vietnam and that was such a success on college campuses. The profs loved Johnson didn’t they?

http://freebeacon.com/border-patrol/

China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.

Reports from the region reveal the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea’s declaration of a “state of war” and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Korea.

According to the officials, the PLA has stepped up military mobilization in the border region with North Korea since mid-March, including troop movements and warplane activity.

China’s navy also conducted live-firing naval drills by warships in the Yellow Sea that were set to end Monday near the Korean peninsula, in apparent support of North Korea, which was angered by ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that are set to continue throughout April.

China’s military maintains a long-standing defense treaty with the North that obligates China to defend North Korea in the event it is attacked. The last time Chinese forces backed Pyongyang was during the Korean War when tens of thousands of Chinese “volunteers” drove south into the peninsula.

Chinese military spokesmen frequently refer to their relations with the Korean People’s Army, as the North Korean military is called, as ties “as close as lips and teeth.”

PappyD61 on April 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

How many do you think even KNOW about her criminal background? My money’s on ‘pretty much nobody.’ You know it’s not in the course catalog, nor is it on the syllabus.

Washington Nearsider on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Very good point that I had not thought of. However if Pop (me) saw the name there definitely would have been a WTF.

My daughter just chose the standard hippie indoctrination at Humboldt CA. I’m so not impressed.

arnold ziffel on April 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Of course: Former Weather Underground radical convicted of felony murder now an adjunct professor at Columbia
===========================================

Yup,hes free as a bird,just like the Black Panthers who denied
white voters,there right to vote,at the intimidation of night-
sticks,and when Holder decided to drop it!!

Yup,Lefty Justice works its sickness in bizarre mysterious ways!!

canopfor on April 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Just another democrat terrorist getting a well deserved democrat promotion.

tom daschle concerned on April 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

LOL. Being a professor at a school of Social Work is like being on the kindergarten varsity squad. And she’s only an adjunct (not even up to kindergarten junior varsity) … just like Barky. i.e. a part-time instructor, something that every grad student HAS to do for his stipend.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Wrongo. Not at all true.

Two days a week we did our 8hr practicums; three days a week we attended classes.
The grad students have to do their practicums in local programs such as cancer centers, VA, psychiatric clinics/counseling centers (if they go the clinical route), and programs such as local housing authorities(if they go the administrative route). We had two days a week to do our 8hr practicums (just like paid employees) and attend classes the other three. We didn’t get a “stipend”, either. We had to pay for our own rent/food, so most of us got student loans, which is what I did. I paid it off w/n 8 years ($6,000).

I don’t know of one student that worked as a part-time instructor. all of our teachers had PhD’s.

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I think Ayers and co get a pass because they were radicals in the 60s and their criminal behavior has been romanticized.

Churchill made radical comments about a wound that is fresh so more people were fired up about it.

He just needs to wait a couple of decades and then he’ll get hired at Columbia or Harvard too.

JadeNYU on April 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Chinese military spokesmen frequently refer to their relations with the Korean People’s Army, as the North Korean military is called, as ties “as close as lips and teeth.”

PappyD61 on April 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

PappyD61:

I read that last night,around 3:00AM,on the Chinese troops
amassing on the border,btw,in case you don’t have this Linky—-:O

Results for #northkorea

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23northkorea

canopfor on April 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Like I said in the other thread, if I had known this is how it worked, I’d have blown stuff up and killed some people so I could land a cushy tenured teaching job when I got older. Better still if I could get away with it and avoid the jail part like Billy Ayers.

No wonder kids turn leftist/Marxist/radical. The system rewards it.

The Rogue Tomato on April 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

You know it is worse than the University and the Left about disregarding the murder of the three Police Officers. They have actually made a celebrity out of her, her husband and others. It is disgraceful and something that Ms. Boudin will need to atone for after she leaves her mortal coil.

Natebo on April 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

You read the wiki pages for all these Weathermen and you would think they were the most kind and gentle people. It’s rather sickening.

Blake on April 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Some good reporting at the NY Post identifed the name of the person who hired Kathy Boudin for the job at Columbia University.

Columbia School of Social Work Associate Dean Marianne Yoshioka, who hired Boudin for the adjunct-professor post in 2008, said she has been “an excellent teacher who gets incredible evaluations from her students each year.”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/outrage_puQlvJIeZxsT7nFZds0HIJ

Associate Dean Marianne Yoshioka has some explaining to do.

Doesn’t Columbia University do a basic criminal background check before they hire somebody to teach its students?

wren on April 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Associate Dean Marianne Yoshioka has some explaining to do.

Doesn’t Columbia University do a basic criminal background check before they hire somebody to teach its students?

wren on April 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Do some good ole community agitating and write this person.
Repeat:

Here’s the email address of the person who hired here. Write her with your *concerns*……..I did.
mry5@columbia.edu

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I don’t know of one student that worked as a part-time instructor.

Because social work is not a legitimate graduate department. Every serious graduate department has most of their students on stipends, save those on fellowship (if you don’t get a stipend then the department didn’t really want you, to begin with), for which the students teach classes the same as adjunct instructors.

all of our teachers had PhD’s.

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

So? What the heck is a PhD in social work, anyway? Research in social work??

I’m sorry, ava, but colleges and universities have made a mockery of academic pursuits with many of the so-called fields they offer graduate studies in. Graduate school has been turned into a lefty participation medal factory rather than a tool for the serious training of researchers that it is supposed to be.

But, you can rest easy in the fact that social work grad students are still better than the education students – who are the absolute bottom of the barrel, with lower GRE scores than any other department … ANY. Enter Bill Ayers and his gang of “academics” …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Sure glad my daughter decided against this place.

flyoverland on April 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Of course they knew who she waa when they hired her. It was a plus in her favor.

This woman is famous and well connected. She was a red diaper baby and comes from a long line of attys who fought for commies and commie spies. While in prison her kid was raised by Ayers and Dohrn. He too is radical as they come and was a great friend of the later Hugo Chavez.

However, her brother is the black sheep of the family being a conservative. lol!

Blake on April 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I’ve been tripping down memory lane. Anytime you see one of these old radicals and any name associated with them, google them. They all have prestigious jobs in academia. This does not come from merit but because their families were very rich and part of the left in this country.

Blake on April 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Do some good ole community agitating and write this person.
Repeat:

Here’s the email address of the person who hired here. Write her with your *concerns*……..I did.
mry5@columbia.edu

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Great idea! Thank you for finding Columbia School of Social Work Associate Dean Marianne Yoshioka’s email address, avagreen!

wren on April 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

How Progressive!

D-fusit on April 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Remember working a fundraising drive for Columbia while I was there and having more than a few people tell me they weren’t giving a dime because Ahmadinejad had been invited to speak. Looks like now I’ve got my own five-second justification for why I’m not giving them anything.

LyleD on April 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

There’s actually no such thing as a “prestigious” adjunct position; academe considers adjuncts about on a par with the people who clean the toilets. She may be at a prestigious institution, but as an adjunct, she’s a red-headed stepchild.

College Prof on April 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Dohrn and Michelle Obama both worked at Chicago’s Sidley Austin law firm in 1988. Barack Obama, Dohrn and Ayers appeared together at several community events, including one organized by Mrs. Obama in her post at the University of Chicago. Today, Dohrn, an associate professor of law at Northwestern University and founder of its Children and Family Justice Center, supports the 150 “New SDS” chapters in U.S. high schools, colleges and universities, writing, “This is the power and the inspiration of a vast, Left umbrella network with variety and vigor.”

hepcat on April 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Doesn’t Columbia University do a basic criminal background check before they hire somebody to teach its students?

wren on April 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Columbia has been immersed in progressive thinking for over 100 years. This is to be expected.

INC on April 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

s/b Hiring someone like Boudin is to be expected. Even if she seldom does very much, it’s a stamp of approval given to her by Columbia.

INC on April 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Ah, the tolerant liberals. I can see the vision now: ‘reformed’ child molesters running day care centers – ‘reformed’ bank robbers as financial consultants – serial drunks, liars, thieves and con men as politicians….wait.

ghostwalker1 on April 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Rome has been burning for years…… we are lost. Glad I won’t live to see the end, but I fear for my children and grandchildren. An armed revolution doesn’t seem that far off……..

ultracon on April 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

“To stand still was to choose indifference. Indifference was the opposite of moral.”

Aaaaahh, no. Amoral is the opposite of moral. Killing three innocent people just trying to make a living protecting others is amoral, not “indifferent.” Indifferent is what I am when a liberal begins speaking. I just don’t care. Is Ayer’s suggesting that I commit violent acts against liberals to abandon my indifference toward them to become moral? Dude.

I guess it’s a good thing I’m not in his class at Northwestern paying the $40,000 a year to this institution of higher learning. I’d probably flunk.

Anybody mention that Angel Davis, retired professor at UC Santa Cruz, had set the bar pretty high for academia?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis

Is this a great country or what? Ward Churchill was a lightweight.

NoPain on April 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

But, you can rest easy in the fact that social work grad students are still better than the education students – who are the absolute bottom of the barrel, with lower GRE scores than any other department … ANY. Enter Bill Ayers and his gang of “academics” …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

That’s a pretty broad brush you’re painting with. It would be foolish to assume that everyone in the education field fits that mold. And the relevance of GRE’s and the fact that many education programs (et al) are dropping them because they are not relevant, useful or a good indicative, is a conversation for another day.

Ayers and Boudin are despicable because they are criminal miscreants who have help destroyed our society and are responsible for murder and maiming.

Most liberals are also despicable because they force a twisted, contra-intellectual and destructive philosophy on our children. But I would be careful to automatically throw everyone in that field into the same cauldron. I can vouch that not everyone fits that mold.

Marcus Traianus on April 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Obscenable.

rrpjr on April 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Sure does make me wonder if a persons record means anything at all, apparently not.

mixplix on April 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

James: Adjunct professors are generally not tenure-track.

And I will say that this person’s background is less important to me than whether or not she is repentant. Since she is not, that is the big issue here.

Scott H on April 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I don’t know of one student that worked as a part-time instructor.
avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Because social work is not a legitimate graduate department. Every serious graduate department has most of their students on stipends, save those on fellowship (if you don’t get a stipend then the department didn’t really want you, to begin with), for which the students teach classes the same as adjunct instructors.

Really??

Appears you know little about social work degrees or how Social Work Departments w/n larger universites work.

Thank you for your slap in the face here for my MSW and every other MSW in this nation. Do you realize that the majority of therapist in the U.S. are MSW’s? Do you have just as poor an opinion of people with LPC’s? If you don’t know what that means, look it up.

Where do you get your info, please? That’s what social work has done for years….given out Master’s Degrees, which are terminal degrees. If you don’t know what that means, look it up.

THIS is what we do: http://www.socialworkers.org/

Tell me something else about what “serious” graduate schools do. It seems you know little about anything other than your narrow view of life.

I luv how people who don’t know thing about what they are talking about always have opinions.

So? What the heck is a PhD in social work, anyway? Research in social work??

PhD’s are for those that want to TEACH. If you knew so much about social work, you’d not have to ask.

I’m sorry, ava, but colleges and universities have made a mockery of academic pursuits with many of the so-called fields they offer graduate studies in. Graduate school has been turned into a lefty participation medal factory rather than a tool for the serious training of researchers that it is supposed to be.

And, you know this personally, how?

But, you can rest easy in the fact that social work grad students are still better than the education students – who are the absolute bottom of the barrel, with lower GRE scores than any other department … ANY. Enter Bill Ayers and his gang of “academics” …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Sorry, good sir, but I don’t value your opinion at this point to even “worry” about anything you think or say. You’ve just insulted a whole profession that dates back to the 1800′s.

avagreen on April 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

BTW, TPOP, you’ll probably not believe me…..since I graduated from with a degree that wasn’t from a “legitimate graduate department”, but I’ve had an extreme success in my years of doing therapy. I’ve had people that looked me up who were my clients as teens, traveled to where I was practicing (private practice at that time……dumb people thought I knew what I was doing, ya know?)…….and asked me for continued help with their marriages, other problems, and and even referred their family members to me for therapy. I could go on but I’m sure these people were merely fooled into thinking that I could actually improve their lives, including the rape survivors that were my last population that I have assisted in getting their lives in order. They were just as easily fooled, it seems, as were my previous clients. So were the psychiatrists that used my social work interviews to base their diagnoses and recommendations for treatment and even quoted my words in their reports.

All of these folks apparently didn’t have your sage advice to help them realize the mistakes they had made in their judgment of my poor education that I’ve received for such a defunct department of the university I attended. Pity.

avagreen on April 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM