Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards spoke at Barnard’s commencement, where some members of the graduating class also walked onstage Sunday with strips of red tape on their caps to show support for those working to change the University’s sexual assault policies.
Graduation isn't the time to stir up ideological battle over social and moral issues.
Greg Shill argues that the inevitable controvery that accompanies graduation speakers can't take away from the power of the moment.
We need to take notice of the disparity in freedom of expression at Barnard.
Cecile Richards is a poor choice for graduation speaker not because of the divisiveness of the issue of abortion, but because the controversy will overshadow a day intended to celebrate graduating seniors.
Choosing Cecile Richards, a polarizing figure, for Barnard’s commencement this year alienates those who believe abortion is morally reprehensible.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will speak at Barnard College Commencement on May 21, Barnard President Debora Spar and Dean Avis Hinkson, BC ’84 and TC ’87, announced in an email to students Thursday.
Jul 24, 3:28pm
University President Lee Bollinger announced on Thursday that Suzanne Goldberg will serve as the special advisor to the president on sexual assault prevention and response. You can read our story... Read More
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