The faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh struck a blow for academic freedom Friday, and in so doing, might’ve cost the college $420,000 from the BB&T Charitable Foundation. At issue: A grant from BB&Tâ€”$60,000 a year for seven yearsâ€”for an honors program featuring, apparently at the bank’s insistence, such right-wing texts as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Frederick Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. [Bob Geary, “Meredith College Faculty Reject BB&T Money: Concerns about Ethics Course,” The Independent Weekly, 4/12/2006]
Let the races begin, I sent an email to the President of my alma mater suggesting they grab this golden opportunity to educate.
- According to a news report, Meredith College has foolishly turned down a grant of $ 420,000 from BB&T, because they objected to the inclusion of works by authors assigned in classes at Mason today.
That money and the program should be going to GMU. Therefore, I suggest someone at Mason contact Mr. Allison about securing those funds for GMU.
I write as a graduate of Mason, who plans to return for an MBA in a couple years, and former member of our campus’ Objectivist club. In addition to the number of exceptional speaker that club invited to campus, you may remember attending a debate about the Iraq War before the invasion sponsored by that club.