Harvard is our oldest and most prestigious university. Its faculty boasts many world-class scholars. This week they decided to go in a different direction.
The John F. Kennedy School of Government announced a new visiting fellow. This person has had no formal education past high school and had served as a low level enlistee in the Army. Apparently the credentials that they felt entitled her to enter their hallowed halls are a conviction for espionage and being transgender.
Of course I am referring to Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. She was convicted in 2013 for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and sensitive documents. President Obama said she had suffered enough and commuted her sentence. Apparently he felt gender identity issues should be a consideration in sentencing.
Harvard justified hiring her by saying she “speaks on the social, technological and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence” in op-ed pieces and “advocates for queer and transgender rights” on Twitter. I fail to understand how that qualifies her to help educate our future leaders. Perhaps her hiring will give hope to other convicted felons that they might have a Harvard job waiting for them when they are released.
They announced that former Press Secretary Sean Spicer will also become a visiting fellow. Undoubtedly they considered committing treason and serving in the Trump administration as equal offenses.
I fail to understand how anyone in their right mind would think this is a good idea. However, as a person who never committed a crime and believes I am of the gender I was born with, I am undoubtedly unqualified to make a judgment.