Chelsea Manning / HKS IOP / "Visiting Fellowship"
Here are some Harvard Crimson headlines from this week:
- [Sean] Spicer, [Chelsea] Manning to Join [Institute of Politics] as Visiting Fellows
- CIA Director Cancels IOP Appearance After Manning Appointment
- After Backlash, Kennedy School Withdraws Manning's Fellowship
So here we go...
One of the more annoying things about this affair has been the way the discussion has chased a dramatized, misleading version of the facts. To borrow a phrase, the commentators (in my social bubble) seem content with -- if not actively interested in -- framing the matter to produce heat, instead of light.
The easiest antidote for this is actually to read Dean Elmendorf's statement announcing and explaining the withdrawal of the IOP's Visiting Fellow appointment. I say this not because I agree with the decision or Elmendorf's justification, but because it at least explains what the decision was:
Some visitors to the Kennedy School are invited for just a few hours to give a talk in the School’s Forum or in one of our lecture halls or