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October 26, 2009, 07:27 PM ET

Hope College Blocks Sexuality Discussion Featuring 'Milk' Screenplay's Author

Dustin (Lance) Black, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay of a 2008 film about the life of a pioneering gay politician, Harvey Milk, has been blocked from participating in a panel discussion on sexuality at Hope College because of his gay advocacy, according to The Holland Sentinel, a local newspaper. The paper quoted the dean of students for the private Michigan college as saying officials there had put a halt to a roundtable planned by students because they believed, based on past experiences with such events, that Mr. Black's appearance would be too divisive to truly advance academic discussions of the issues involved. The college's English Department is still seeking to have Mr. Black speak to a screenwriting class.


1. jkisner - October 27, 2009 at 07:41 am

Bultman got rid of one of the finest Christian ethicists in the country who once served on that faculty: Miguel de la Torre because of his views on homosexuality. Now this. Not surprising.

2. mwedlock - October 28, 2009 at 01:06 pm

That the Dean of Students is quoted as saying that they don't want people with strong opinions speaking on campus says a lot about the college, but none of it is good. If Hope is doing its job then its students should be able to discuss serious issues in a serious, respectful way. Given that the administration thinks this is impossible, the school should reexamine its dedication to the liberal arts tradition. Clearly they aren't living up to the ideals they espouse.

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