This is an interesting profile of Professor Charles Curran, one of my most distinguished colleagues. I’m proud to be in the same university as he is. The article shows how much more to SMU there is than the library and Bushes, etc., but also reveals the media’s continued fascination with the library, institute, and surrounding debates. Curran’s stance — that he doesn’t find the Methodist petition against the whole package persuasive, but is very worried about the Institute and would like for it to have as few ties as possible to the university — is pretty much shared by those of us raising questions and trying to push the Faculty Senate to take a similar stance. In that sense, the title of the article is misleading.
Vocal SMU Professor Standing Back in Library Fight
Dallas Morning News
February 17, 2007
If professors got medals for taking stands that cause campus conflict, the Rev. Charles Curran would be a highly decorated veteran.
But he’s not on the front lines in the fight over whether his current employer, Southern Methodist University, should be home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and an affiliated public policy institute