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Controversial Professor William Ayers gives GSU class lecture
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Bill Ayers
    Controversial Professor William Ayers made an unpublicized visit to the Georgia Southern University campus Tuesday to give a lecture on curriculum and writing.
    Entitled “Diving into Life: Writing into Contradictions,” Ayers spoke at the College of Education. Ayers also came to Statesboro to serve on a GSU student’s dissertation defense committee as an external prominent scholar.
    Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago in the College of Education and considered an expert on curriculum in education. He remains a controversial figure for his involvement as the co-founder of the Weather Underground, a radical group that bombed public buildings and monuments in the 1960s and 70s to protest the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.
    Ayers was invited to speak at GSU last spring by the Multicultural Advisory Council, but protests by alumni and students prompted officials to cancel his speaking engagement. At the time, university officials cited excessive security costs as the reason for the cancellation.
    Officials with GSU’s Marketing and Communication Department said they were unaware of Ayers’ visit since this is a non-university sanctioned event.

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