Commencement Speakers

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This seems to be the year of the commencement speaker controversy. Student and faculty protests have caused Condoleezza Rice and the director of the International Monetary Fund to back out of commencement speeches at Rutgers and Smith College. And last Sunday, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black spoke to the Pasadena City College class of 2014, but only after they’d re-invited him after disinviting him because of intimate photographs they’d found of him online. Is all this attention to the speaker missing the point of college graduation altogether?

Credits

Guest:
Robert Smith - Slippery Rock University

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott