From the May/June, 2013 issue of Touchstone
education Endorsement and Academic Freedom by John Garvey

Endorsement & Academic Freedom

Debates About Commencement Speakers & Student Groups Reveal a Double Standard

by John Garvey

This is the time of year when we begin to argue about commencement speakers. Every spring Catholic colleges attract attention for inviting (or disinviting) speakers whose messages are at odds with the teaching of the Catholic Church. This matter of honoring commencement speakers is a lot like another issue we wrestle with throughout the academic year—giving official recognition to student groups. Both issues touch on an institution's expression of its own identity. I'd like to offer some . . .


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