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Faculty opposition to the George W. Bush library/museum/institute at SMU may be less than previously advertised:

The Faculty Senate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas rejected a proposal yesterday for a faculty referendum on plans for an independent policy institute on campus that would accompany President Bush’s future library and museum.
The university learned on Dec. 21 that it was the favored site for the Bush library, museum and policy institute. Then in late January, more than 170 faculty members, about a quarter of the full-time professors on campus, signed a petition calling for a referendum because the proposed institute would be controlled by the Bush Foundation, not the university.
But after extensive debate largely on procedural matters, the call for a referendum failed with some original petitioners voting against it.

The Bush Library Blog, started by an SMU prof who opposes the library, has lots of details on the controversy.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.