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Presidential Library Politics

Segments of Southern Methodist University are revolting against plans to locate the George W. Bush presidential library on their campus, according to the Dallas Morning News:

In a letter addressed to all on campus, Southern Methodist University’s president has tried to allay concerns about the Bush presidential library and a related policy institute, which SMU is expected to land. …
For instance, two professors from the Perkins School of Theology wrote an op-ed piece in the SMU campus newspaper in November called, “The George W. Bush Library: asset or albatross?” It raised several questions, such as, “Do we want SMU to benefit financially from a legacy of massive violence, destruction and death brought about by the Bush presidency in dismissal of broad international opinion?”

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.