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Controversial University of Lethbridge professor to retire this fall

Anthony Hall was a tenured professor who taught Native American studies, liberal education and globalization over his 26 years at the university.

Anthony Hall suspended without pay in October 2016 for allegedly promoting conspiracy theories

Anthony Hall, a tenured professor, taught Native American studies, liberal education and globalization over his 26 years at the university. (Noliesradio/YouTube)

A controversial professor at the University of Lethbridge is retiring this fall.

Anthony Hall was suspended without pay in October 2016 for allegedly promoting conspiracy theories and denying the Holocaust in online articles and videos. He suggested there was a Zionist connection to the 9/11 attacks and that the events of the Holocaust should be up for debate.

Hall was a tenured professor who taught Native American studies, liberal education and globalization over his 26 years at the university.

The suspension was lifted in November 2017 and Hall returned to work.

The university had earlier filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. 

At the time, the board of governors and the faculty association said in a statement that issues around Hall's activities would be addressed in the context of the faculty handbook, but didn't explain how that would be done.

Hall maintained the issue boiled down to academic freedom and that he should be allowed to promote his work as he sees fit.

B'nai Brith Canada, a Jewish service organziation, issued a statement on Wednesday applauding the retirement. 

"This is a monumental and precedent-setting victory for human rights in Canada," said CEO Michael Mostyn.

"B'nai Brith commends our supporters for keeping pressure on the university, the Government of Alberta, and ultimately on Hall himself. Students should not be subjected to Hall's brand of hatred and xenophobia, which clearly have no place in an academic setting."

Hall appeared on the Calgary Eyeopener in October 2016 and you can listen to that interview below:

The University of Lethbridge has asked controversial professor Anthony Hall to resign after complaints over anti-Semitic material posted to his Facebook page. He joins us in studio to discuss the issue. 7:51

With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.