SMU’s homepage now has a detailed outline of SMU President Gerald Turner’s January 17 talk to faculty, in which he responded to concerns and questions raised at the faculty meeting the week before. This is the most thorough statement of why the Library-Museum-Institute is in SMU’s best interest. It’s the best speech I’ve heard Turner give and was highly responsive to the questions generated the week before. It still leaves me unsure as to why the Institute is in our best interests; and his assurances that Presidential libraries are run without influence of the former President and his circles simply doesn’t square with the experience of previous libraries or of a key executive order about libraries issued by Bush, as you can see if you go to the articles on the “key resources” and “other libraries” sections.
SMU Posts Notes from Pres. Turner’s Speech to Faculty