Saturday, May 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Instead of having the CEO of GE speak at our commencement, why not this bad boy:

He's still alive and he's one of the most insightful individuals in the world on the state of Western society. His writing brought to the public eye the realities of the Gulag and the Soviet labor system in communist Russia. He won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1970, gave the Harvard Commencement address in 1978, and is a staunch critic of atheism.

I mean, c'mon!

For more check out his wiki page


Anonymous said...

he looks like he's *too* controversial a figure. IMO (in my opinion) the archbishop of washington DC was a very safe choice. I think there was a post about this a while ago, but having a bishop speak proves that ND wants to make nice with the church, especially after the Monologues debacle. Also ND can only handle so much controversy at once and I think the Monologues and the bishops' conference was enough bad publicity for the year.

Tom B. said...
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Tom B. said...

I agree that His Eminence Cardinal McCarrick is a great choice. He's a very holy man and will probably have great things to say. (This would have been a better post a year ago, but we didn't have this blog then.) No less, it'd be awesome to have him here sometime. It'd be truly memorable.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Notre Dame gets to do controversial things anymore. Ironic, as the founding of this place was probably a rather 'controversial' move in its day.

Anonymous said...

I think the archbishop of Washington, D.C. is Donald Wuerl of jello spine. Cardinal Egan has forcefully dealt with Rudolph Giuliani's scandal. The wimp of D.C. has not dealt with baby killers such as Pelosi, Kerry, Dodd, Kennedy. I don't know Cardinal McCarrick's history but if he comprehends and agrees with the current Pope he will be a fine speaker.

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, what was said to Harvard should be the patrimony of any person who wishes to be considered as educated. I understand that no American publisher will touch his latest book. That says more about wimps than it does about him.