Re: Solidrity and Divestment Conference

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Posted by Sadie from D006060.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 9:37AM :

In Reply to: Solidrity and Divestment Conference posted by AssurHaddon from ( on Monday, August 18, 2003 at 9:37PM :

You know, I have heard that there is a movement on Harvard campus to divest from Israel (see link below), as well. A lot of other universities could start movements to do this. Harvard President Lawrence Summers (see involvement with U.S. government below) is against it, & he is also trying to get Harvard to introduce the ROTC on campus (Although Harvard allows students to travel to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which provides an ROTC unit for Tufts and Wellesley Universities as well, it does not officially fund the costs associated with the program because of a faculty decision regarding the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a policy Summers said many might consider discriminatory.)... Essentially, Harvard views the military as discriminatory toward gays, & that is why the University refuses to fund an ROTC program or host one on campus.... Anyway, it's funny how former government officials in academia try to monkey around with on-campus politics.

In 1993, Mr. Summers was named as the nation's undersecretary of the treasury for international affairs. He had broad responsibility for assisting then Secretary Lloyd M. Bentsen in formulating and executing international economic policies. In 1995, then Secretary Robert E. Rubin AB '60 promoted Mr. Summers to the department's number-two post, deputy secretary of the treasury, in which he played a central role in a broad array of economic, financial, and tax matters, both international and domestic. During this time, he worked closely with Secretary Rubin and Alan Greenspan LLD '99 (hon.), chairman of the Federal Reserve System, in crafting government policy responses to financial crises in major developing countries.

On July 2, 1999, Mr. Summers was confirmed by the Senate as secretary of the treasury. In that capacity, he served as the principal economic adviser to the President and as the chief financial officer of the U.S. government.

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