Turning crimson

Our radio hero Hugh Hewitt returned to Harvard for his twenty-fifth class reunion last week. He recalls that Alexander Solzhenitsyn was the commencement speaker at his graduation in 1978. Solzhenitsyn’s speech on that occasion — “A world split apart” — was something of a historic event itself and was the subject of an outstanding piece in National Review that September by Hugh’s classmate Charles Kesler; last week National Review Online ran Jay Nordlinger’s “A long way from ’78” to commemorate Solzhenitsyn’s speech.
This year the commencement speaker was former Mexico President Ernesto Zedillo. (Oh, what a falling off was there!) But Hugh attended the commencement ceremonies and suggests that it was worth enduring Zedillo to hear out Harvard President Lawrence Summers: “Big man on campus.”

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