As college students walk, speakers walk away - KMSP-TV

As college students walk, speakers walk away

Posted: Updated:
By The Associated Press

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will.

Former University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has added his name to the expanding list of commencement speakers who backed out following student and faculty protests.

Birgeneau had been scheduled to speak at Haverford College's ceremony but was opposed over the use of force by university police during the Occupy movement.

He joins former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who canceled her speech at Rutgers University, and International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde, who pulled out of the Smith College commencement, after protests.

Robert Shibley from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says colleges should be encouraging students to be open to hearing even people with whom they disagree.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:38:30 GMT
    AP file photoAP file photo
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
  • 6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:53:06 GMT
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
  • Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-31 18:58:04 GMT
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices