Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond
Posted on May 14, 2006
Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college’s choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. “I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both,” he writes.
Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.
I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College.
I am doing so—after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret—as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation.
Many members of the faculty and student body already have voiced their objection to the invitation, arguing that Rice’s actions as secretary of state are inconsistent with the broader humanistic values of the university and the Catholic and Jesuit traditions from which those values derive.
Steve Almond, who has resigned his post at Boston University over the bestowal of an honorary degree to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, wrote to the president of his college, “I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar.”