Tech’s president juggles free speech and political polarization

Amarillo Globe-News - At around 11 o’clock one night this month, Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec received a worried call from the dean of his honors college.

In two days, the dean told Schovanec, a University of San Diego law professor named Gail Heriot was scheduled to give a speech about the problems with the federal gender-equality-in-education statute known as Title IX. Her mere presence on campus was already upsetting some students — Heriot is an outspoken affirmative action opponent and was recently called a "bigot" by a congresswoman during a hearing at the U.S. Capitol.

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