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Debate on college campuses

May 12, 2014

Guests: Rudolph Bell, Greg Lukianoff

It is approaching the time of year when colleges across the country honor the achievements of their students and formally send them out into the world.¬† But, more recently, commencement ceremonies have become a source of contention.¬† Just days ago, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey.¬† It followed weeks of protest from students and faculty, decrying Secretary Rice‚Äôs role in the Iraq War. ¬†It was not an isolated incident.¬† Philadelphia‚Äôs Haverford College is facing a row over its choice of graduation speaker, Robert Birgeneau, the former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.¬† Haverford students are riled about Birgeneau‚Äôs handling of campus protests at Berkeley in 2011. ¬† And last year, Swarthmore College ran into problems over its selection of speaker.¬† We talk to¬†RUDOLPH BELL, Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, who led the protest against Rutgers’ invitation to Condoleezza Rice.¬† We also analyze whether free speech and debate at universities risks being stifled, with¬†GREG LUKIANOFF, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and author of¬†Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.


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