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Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere

The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


Michigan Law Grads Walk Out for Gay Rights

More than 100 graduates of the University of Michigan Law School left mid-ceremony Saturday to protest commencement speaker Sen. Rob Portman’s position against gay marriage and adoption.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


Moses at ND
Flickr / Paul J Everett

Obama Scores at Notre Dame

There were many messages sent from South Bend on Sunday. Obama’s opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn’t. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Obama Sparks Abortion Protests at Notre Dame

President Barack Obama attempted the impossible during his commencement speech at Notre Dame University in Indiana on Sunday: He asked those on both sides of the abortion debate to “join hands in common effort.”

Posted on May 17, 2009 READ MORE


Notre Dame basilica
UND / Ben Franske

The Stakes at Notre Dame

You have heard the expression “more Catholic than the pope.” We now know that the reaction of right-wing Catholics to Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama falls into this category.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Boycotting Obama at Notre Dame Is Vulgar Zealotry

In respect to tradition, one would expect Obama to deliver Notre Dame’s commencement address in May, but a crowd of Fighting Irish have decided to try to keep the new president away from the hallowed campus for fear that some of his thinking might rub off on them.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009 READ MORE


The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert delivers a commencement address
From Knox.edu

Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


Jean Rohe
McCain: AP / Rohe: folkproject.org

Truthdigger of the Week: Jean Rohe

Truthdig salutes New School University graduating senior Jean Rohe, whose commencement speech at Madison Square Garden on Friday preemptively struck against the address that Sen. John McCain was due to deliver directly after her.

  • Click here for links to the speech, biographical information on Rohe, and the instantly infamous response by one of McCain’s staffers in which he insulted Rohe’s graduating class and called her an “idiot” in print.
  • UPDATE: Rohe responds to the McCain staffer: “Please don’t try to bully me anymore.”
    UPDATE #2: Rohe goes on MSNBC.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Student Tells Why She Ripped McCain as He Listened

    Jean Rohe, the graduating senior at the New School University who spoke just before John McCain’s commencement speech explains why she “tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth.”

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain Booed
    Librado Romero / The New York Times

    McCain Is Booed at Graduation Speech

    The Arizona senator got heavily jeered during his commencement address for a New York university. One student banner read, “Our commencement is not your platform.”

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Steve Almond
    From austinchronicle.com

    Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

    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.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain, Former Maverick

    Now the Arizona senator says it’s “an honor” to speak at the college of Jerry Falwell’s, the same man he once called an “agent of intolerance.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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