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Former Harvard President: Don’t Shut Down Controversial Speech On Campus

The Harvard Law School seal can be seen on banners decorating the library for commencement in May 2011. (nkcphoto/Flickr)

The Harvard Law School seal can be seen on banners decorating the library for commencement in May 2011. The seal came under fire because it incorporates the family crest of a slaveholder and early benefactor of the school. (nkcphoto/Flickr)

With the recent racial tensions on college campuses around the country – including at some Ivy League schools – former Harvard president Larry Summers says he’s concerned when university administrators disinvite speakers with controversial beliefs and tell their faculties that certain kinds of arguments are not acceptable on college campus.

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  • Lawrence Summers, economist and professor at Harvard University. He was secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2001 and president of Harvard from 2001 to 2006. He tweets @LHSummers.

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