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‘Tis the Season to Protest Graduation Speakers

On Minding the Campus, John Leo gives a list of college and university commencement speakers and the reasons some students feel the need to protest them.

Down here in North Carolina, Mayor Bloomberg will be protested for (finally!) standing up for the rule of law and kicking the OWS protesters out of Zuccotti Park.

The silliest protest, I think, is that over Penn’s decision to have Geoffrey Canada speak. The students don’t think he’s famous enough. If they would bother to find out about Canada, they’d find that he is an inner-city education reformer who embarrasses the public education establishment. Now, that might be grounds for protesting . . .

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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