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5.25.2004

Hofstra commencement speaker nearly booed off stage 

Giving a vitriolic political address at commencement is just a bad, bad idea.

The Hofstra president attempted to calm things down. "We value open discussion and debate," he said. "For the sake of your graduates, please let him finish." All well and good, but a commencement speech isn't a form for open discussion and debate; it's one guy delivering a message, and there's no room for the audience to discuss or debate anything -- the only way they can respond is to cheer or boo. In this case, the audience's response was entirely predictable.

(Link via The Volokh Conspiracy.)

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