July 16, 2014
May 28, 2014
Dear Dr. Bowen,
I am writing to express my concern with your remarks at Haverford’s commencement ceremony today. I am a member of the class of 2014, and I was a signatory of the original letter sent to Dr. Birgeneau.
I was concerned with your address because while you recommended dialogue, I did not understand you to be inviting it. As you know, a commencement address is necessarily one-sided.
You had a loud microphone and a large audience, and yours was the last word. In referencing Michael Rushmore’s quote about a “small victory”, I felt you were doing exactly what you were speaking out against - chastising someone’s behavior without allowing them an opportunity to respond.