Two NYU stories, related.
COLUMBIA, NYU OPEN CLASSROOMS TO FORMER AMERICAN TERRORIST
Kathy Boudin, a 1960s radical and former Weather Underground member who participated in a robbery that left two police officers and a security guard dead, now has the prestige of academia behind her.
The New York Post broke the story that Boudin, who spent 22 years in prison for driving the getaway car in the Brinks armed robbery, has been named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, along with enjoying an adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work...“Of all the people in the world to find to speak on the issue of what women face coming out of parole and reentry, Columbia and NYU had to find a former far-left extremist who has been convicted for the death of three people,” said the Wall Street Journal’s Sohrab Ahmari on Opinion Journal Live.
Boudin’s students may not realize that the Weather Underground was an infamous radical leftist student organization that split with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the late 1960s to join ranks with black liberationists and other self-identifying revolutionaries. Their goal was nothing short of overthrowing the United States government.
Boudin survived the 1970 Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, when a bomb intended for the Fort Dix, New Jersey Army base prematurely detonated and killed Weather Underground activists Theodore Gold, Diana Oughton and Terry Robbins. At the time of the explosion, Boudin was out on bail, awaiting trial for her role in the “Days of Rage” demonstrations in Chicago the year before.
Still living in hiding as a fugitive in 1981, Boudin played a central role in the Brinks heist, which was supposed to usher in a new American revolution but instead ended with three dead. At the time of the robbery, Boudin was 38, married, and the mother of a toddler.
NYU tells Chinese dissident that he has two weeks to move out
NYU brass grudgingly gave blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng an extra two weeks to move off campus — but warned he’ll have to find a hotel if he misses the deadline, The Post has learned.
The school this week told Chen — who came to New York last year after making a dramatic escape to the US Embassy in China — that he and his family must vacate NYU housing by July 15 “at the latest,” according to a source briefed on the situation.
NYU has prodded the human-rights hero to move quickly, according to insiders, telling Chen that another faculty member is slated to move into the Greenwich Village pad where Chen has stayed with his family for more than a year, according to a source.
“They told him, ‘The sooner, the better.’ ”
The move-out mandate comes as Chen plans a trip to Taiwan later this month, and grapples with worries that members of his family in China are being beaten and denied urgent medical care by authorities.
NYU’s extension of its out-by-June-30 eviction notice comes on heels of an exclusive Post report that the university, which is building a new Shanghai campus, was ousting Chen under pressure from China.
Concerned about his finances and where he will go next, Chen has balked as the deadline nears, sources said.
In response, frustrated NYU officials told him his indecision could land his family in a hotel within a month.
“They lectured him about not making up his mind, and told him living in a hotel isn’t going to be fun,” said a source close to the situation.
NYU says Chen from the outset was aware that he would be accommodated for only a year, with his NYU sponsor, Jerry Cohen, saying, “No political refugee, even Albert Einstein, has received better treatment by an American academic institution than that received by Chen from NYU.”
The school “has scouted more than two dozen apartments [and] recently shown him three very nice ones, none of which he has embraced,” said NYU spokesman John Beckman.
Chen has declined comment on his ouster. But he didn’t sound as if his days were so scarcely numbered in an interview last month, when he told Business Insider, “I’ll probably leave NYU by the end of this year.”
Chen was candid with his speculation about the reasons for his ouster. “NYU is actually receiving a lot of pressure from the CPC [Communist Party of China], and I think that they do fear this kind of pressure,” he said.
Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) said this week he may call for a Capitol Hill hearing on the matter.You no doubt know about Boudin. She's no stranger to this blog. Aside from her years of commie-terrorist-serial-bomber-stuff, she murdered three policemen by setting them up for an ambush-- she asked them to lower their guns when they apprehended her, so her Weathermen/Black Panther buddies could shoot them dead in an ambush out of the back of her van.
Perhaps you don't know a lot about Chen.
From John Thompson:
[Chinese] guards routinely stole into Chen Guangcheng's house, wrapped him in a blanket, beat him bloody, broke his wife's bones. The blanket seemed especially gratuitous: Chen is blind. This went on for a year and a half, all because the self-taught lawyer had sued the Chinese government to stop forced abortions in his village. So one dark April night, he left it all behind. He scrambled over the wall of his courtyard, shattering his foot in the fall. Still, he eluded over sixty thugs patrolling his town by hiding in the rank filth of a pigsty. He alerted a team of sympathizers collaborators with coded messages from a smuggled cell phone; they picked him up and began the long drive to Beijing, where Chen shuttled among apartments, never spending two nights in the same place.Chen, a blind lawyer from China, fought for decades against China's brutal One Child Policy, systematic forced abortions, and the ubiquitous abandonment and murder of baby girls. After years of imprisonment and torture, he was able to escape the the United States.
After a year at NYU, he is being unceremoniously booted out on the street. It seems that the Communist Party of China is displeased with Chen's persistent existence, and has threatened to gum up plans for NYU expansion in China.
Meanwhile, Professor Kathy Boudin will begin teaching classes at NYU, as well as at Columbia.
It's like an answered rhetorical question. When I read about Boudin's appointment at NYU (my oldest daughter's alma mater), I asked myself "can it get any worse?"
Here's the email for NYU president John Sexton (firstname.lastname@example.org). I always liked the guy.