Summers's Postscript

by The New Republic Staff | June 10, 2007

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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