U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is quoted as saying that “there are limitations to academic freedom and freedom of speech”.
The University of New Hampshire is refusing to fire a tenured professor whose views on 9/11 have led many politicians in the state to demand his dismissal. William Woodward, a professor of psychology, is among those academics who believe that U.S. leaders have lied about what they know about 9/11, and were involved in a conspiracy that led to the massive deaths on that day, setting the stage for the war with Iraq. The Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper, reported on Woodward’s views on Sunday, and quoted him (accurately, he says) saying that he includes his views in some class sessions. The newspaper then interviewed a who’s who of New Hampshire Republican politicians calling for the university to fire Woodward. U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is quoted as saying that “there are limitations to academic freedom and freedom of speech” and that “it is inappropriate for someone at a public university which is supported with taxpayer dollars to take positions that are generally an affront to the sensibility of most all Americans.”
Gov. John Lynch calls teacher’s theories crazy as UNH stands behind 9/11 prof
University of New Hampshire administrators are standing behind a tenured professor who has publicly theorized that the U.S. government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even as Gov. John Lynch condemned his remarks. Calling psychology professor William Woodward’s theory “completely crazy and offensive,” the governor said in a statement yesterday that he plans to address his concerns with the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. “Although academic freedom is important,” the governor said, “if the UNH professor is promoting that view, it reflects a reckless disregard for the true facts and raises questions as to why such a professor would be teaching at the university in the first place.”
UNH prof well-regarded by students
A University of New Hampshire professor who has promoted a controversial theory about the 9/11 terrorist attacks received mostly high marks from the students who took his classes last year. Evaluations collected by the university suggest tenured psychology professor William Woodward’s students generally found him to be an enthusiastic and accessible teacher whose course materials were both relevant and effectively presented. “We haven’t had any direct complaints from students in the past about what content he chooses to include in his courses or how he presents that content,” University Provost and Executive Vice President Bruce Mallory said in an interview Tuesday. “The conclusion we draw from looking at his 30-year history is that he’s exercised appropriate academic freedom in his classes.”
UNH provost says no students complained about prof’s 9-11 views
A University of New Hampshire professor who thinks government officials orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said he doesn’t impose his opinions on students, but teaches them to discuss and debate differing viewpoints. “I try not to push a certain view,” psychology professor William Woodward said Tuesday from Durham, as he faced a growing chorus of criticism and some support. “But at the same time, I might put it out there because it’s important to be a role model for having an opinion but not pushing it on other people.” Woodward belongs to Scholars for 9/11 Truth, whose members believe that Bush administration officials either planned the attacks or knew about them and allowed them to happen in order to get public opinion behind their policies.
UNH prof provokes 9/11 firestorm
William Woodward, a tenured professor of psychology at UNH, believes an “elite” group within the federal government orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks on America. He hopes to teach a class that would explore Sept. 11 “in psychological terms.” Several state leaders, including U.S. Sen Judd Gregg, R-N.H., have criticized Woodward for bringing the radical theories into a classroom at a public university supported with taxpayer dollars. UNH graduate Mary-Ellen Azem, who said she, too, is a teacher, wrote that Woodward “has the right to state whatever he believes. But I challenge his right to do so in a classroom without the presence of an opposing opinion. If he wants to set up a debate on campus, where students can freely attend, that would be fine. However, when students are in that classroom, like it or not, he is in a position of authority and power so his opinion holds more weight.”