Editorial: Speakers college kids don’t want to hear from




Former California Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau joined a growing group of prominent public figures who have declined invitations to speak at college commencement ceremonies because of protests. Birgeneau — and the students who might have been edified by his remarks — are victims of a shortsighted censoriousness that is becoming a familiar feature of graduation season.

Birgeneau withdrew as a commencement speaker at Haverford College in Pennsylvania after some students sent him a letter threatening to oppose his appearance unless he apologized (again) for the use of force against Occupy movement protesters at UC Berkeley in November 2011 and unless he complied with a long list of other demands.

 

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