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    Campus Intolerance

    Bloomberg’s ‘Leftwing McCarthyism’ Rant

    Kudos to Ex-Mayor Mike, whose Harvard commencement address called for inclusion of more conservatives in higher education.

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shocked the conscience of many in academia (and liberal newsrooms) across America when he spoke out against the scarcity of conservative voices in faculty lounges in our leading institutions of higher education. Bloomberg’s speech resonated strongly with me as I’ve taught at two of the schools he mentioned in his remarks—my alma mater, Haverford College, as well as the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where I served as a resident fellow in 2011. In the relevant section of his remarks, delivered at Harvard, Bloomberg began by observing:

    Great universities must not become predictably partisan. And a liberal arts education must not be an education in the art of liberalism. The role of universities is not to promote an ideology. It is to provide scholars and students with a neutral forum for researching and debating issues—without tipping the scales in one direction, or repressing unpopular views.

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  • Oprah Winfrey receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University during commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Elise AmendolaAP)

    O-Baby!

    Harvard Gets Oprah-ed

    The nine best bits from Oprah's commencement speech to Crimson grads.

    After receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from Harvard Thursday morning, Oprah Winfrey spoke at Harvard’s commencement, addressing a sea of black and crimson red. From explaining her network’s initial flop to her views on gun-control politicking and coining the term “Beyoncéness,” Oprah prompted laughter and tears from her audience, which included grads from the class of 1940 all the way down to the newest alumni of 2013. A highlight of the best bits from the queen of talk’s Ivy League advice:

     

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