|(above) Former President Bush spoke at a DU event last night that raised $670,000 for the University of Denver|
The former Chairman of the University of Denver Board of Trustees, Trygve Myhren, wrote the following letter to the Denver Post on Monday. Those of you following the Boone Saga over the past decade, might be amused to hear his thoughts on how an "excellent university" conducts itself in the community.
On Monday, the University of Denver welcomed and honor former President George W. Bush at our 16th annual Korbel Dinner. Some have stated that the university should not have invited Bush. I believe they may misunderstand the role of excellent universities in our society.The university, as distinct from our students, faculty and alumni, does not take positions on political or social issues. Therefore, it does not ban speakers or act discourteously to them. This would be antithetical to our mission as a safe haven for the expression and examination of all points of view in a politically polarized society.I am thankful Bush graciously accepted the invitation to serve as our keynote and be recognized with Korbel’s Global Service Award.DU embraces the right of everyone to speak openly as well as everyone’s right to listen peacefully. The university has a history of promoting the discussion of different perspectives. Recent provocative Korbel speakers have included George Soros, Madeleine Albright (daughter of Korbel School founder Josef Korbel), and Korbel graduates Condoleezza Rice and Gen. George Casey Jr.Trygve E. Myhren, Denver