It can be hard to get a job if you’ve got a record, but universities are doing their bit—if the ex-con was a terrorist, that is. Professors Dohrn and Ayers are not certainly not anomalies; Kathy Boudin has found a home in academia, too.
Not only is that no surprise whatsoever, but the location of that home is no surprise, either—Columbia University:
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, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.”
Boudin was hired as an expert on “the issues facing convicts and their families when a person is released from prison.” I doubt she recommends her own solution; Columbia certainly can’t employ all of them.
The university reports that very few of Boudin’s students have “expressed qualms” about her criminal history. After all, this is the Columbia School of Social Work we’re talking about.
And not only is Boudin employed there, but other universities are vying for her hand; she was appointed Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School as well.
Of course, these schools have a right to hire anyone they want. They’ve been hotbeds of leftism for a long, long time, and I wouldn’t expect that to change. But I wonder whether most people are yet aware—and especially most parents who send their children there to be educated—of how pervasive the leftist agenda there (and in so many other universities) actually is.
One Friday, a criminal-justice conference at the school will feature keynote address by Angela Davis, another infamous radical, and later this month Boudin is scheduled to speak at Columbia Law School’s conference on child and family advocacy.
Here’s Boudin’s bio, if you’re not already familiar with it. I have been unable to find anything to indicate what might be called “repentance” on Boudin’s part; neither has John Hinderaker of Powerline. And indeed, there’s absolutely no reason to think she has any regrets about what she did. Boudin comes from a long line of prominent leftists (and especially lawyers), and although the rest of them don’t seem to have been terrorists, in her politics she’s really just been following the family business.
[NOTE: There's a movement to romanticize terrorists of the 60s, and this film seems to be part of it. I think part of this is due to the increasing leftism of the Obama era.]