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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:12 AM

Harvard Kennedy School dean says "designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake"

Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellow Invitation

The Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government said the college was withdrawing its invitation for Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow and apologized for extending the offer, a move that prompted a former CIA director to resign from his senior fellow role and the current CIA director to cancel a speaking engagement.

"I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility," Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendor said in a statement posted on the university's website early Friday. "I still think that having her speak in the Forum and talk with students is consistent with our longstanding approach, which puts great emphasis on the value of hearing from a diverse collection of people.

"But I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations," Elmendor added.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/harvard-withdraws-chelsea-manning-s-visiting-fellow-invitation-n801526


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