Education: Voices of Commencement

From the rubble of a violent semester came themes for commencement speakers across the U.S. Most dwelt on factionalized America and the need for reconciliation between young and old, black and white, left and right. New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay echoed the predominant plea by calling for a "new center" in the country's politics. Speaking at Williams College in Massachusetts, he rejected rigid "attachment to the simple and the absolute." Lindsay espoused "not a compromise between the uncompromising extremes, not a compromise with our conscience, but a commitment to rational change...

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