College set to host former-terrorist Bill Ayers for ‘queering education’ speech

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

  • Ayers engaged in terrorist activist in the 1970s
  • Bombed public buildings in protest of Vietnam War
  • Is set to speak on the topic of "Queering Education"
  • Ayers bombed public buildings in the 1970's as a radical anti-war activist.

    Bill Ayers, a professor known for engaging in terrorist activities in the 1970s, is set to speak at Gettysburg College (GC) next Tuesday, Campus Reform has learned.

    Ayers bombed public buildings in the 1970's as a radical anti-war activist.

    “The students need to know his radical and violent past and that he is not remorseful.”   

    According to the event’s poster, Ayers will deliver a speech on “queering education” which will be  sponsored by nGender, a program at GC that meets bi-weekly to “dialogue on gender issues,” according to the school’s official website.

    Ayers is known for his leadership of the Weather Underground, a group which bombed public buildings in the 1960’s and 1970’s to protest involvement of the United States military in the Vietnam War.

    Later in life, Ayers became a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he wrote on education theory.

    Tim Meads, a student at GC, told Campus Reform he supports Ayers’ right to speak but is ashamed the school would invite such a divisive speaker who is unrepentant of his terrorist past.

    “Why our social justice department would invite a man who used violence as ways of furthering his goals is beyond me,” he said. “The students need to know his radical and violent past and that he is not remorseful.”

    GC administrators did not respond to requests for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Former Reporter
    Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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