"From the moment we walk through the gates of Harvard Yard, they constantly emphasize that we are the leaders of tomorrow. They should have picked a leader to speak at commencement. Not a children's writer. What does that say to the class of 2008? Are we the joke class?"Would you be happy to see J. K. Rowling at a UEA Congregation? Which notable figure would you like to see? If you're after some inspiration, the Washington Post lists some of this year's other celebrity graduation appearances.
Tuesday 10 June 2008
News: Rowling at Harvard
Some topical controversy from Harvard: J. K. Rowling was selected to give this year's Commencement Address to graduating students. The speech, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” can be read (or watched) in its entirety here. But this didn't go down well with some of those graduating (see here), which throws up some interesting questions about cultural value. Complained one senior: