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The University of Virginia recently faced a storm of protest after its Miller Center of Public Affairs appointed President Donald Trump's former Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short to a one-year position as senior fellow. Two faculty members severed ties with the center, and a petition to reverse the decision has gathered nearly 4,000 signatures.A similar protest erupted at my home institution last year, when Corey Lewandowski, a onetime campaign manager for Trump, was appointed a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.The Trump administration confronts universities with a serious dilemma. On one hand, universities must be open to diverse viewpoints, including those that conflict with mainstream opinion or may seem threatening to specific groups. Students and faculty who share Trump's viewpoint should be free to speak without censorship. Universities must remain for a for free inquiry and debate. While individual faculty members and student groups should be free to invite Trump appointees to speak on campus, as a rule such invitations should not be issued by senior university officers.Students and faculty who sympathize with Trump may perceive such practices as discriminatory.
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