The Spine

Summers's Postscript


I forgot to report that, at Harvard's commencement exercises on Thursday,
as Larry Summers rose for his brilliantly merited honorary degree, the
students rose as one--not just those from the College but from the graduate
schools as well--to cheer him, to cheer him lustily, to cheer him
authentically. They knew he was on their side. He wanted tough
intellectual standards for them ... and, alas, for the faculty of arts and
sciences. That's where his trouble started.

Frankly, I have never heard such applause and approval at any
graduation. These sounds must have been experienced by Nan Keohane--and
those of her cohorts in the Harvard Corporation who also crumbled before a
gang of embittered academics--as the strong rebuke it was.

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