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Old 05-06-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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SHE has sold nearly 400 million books, is worth 500 million and has inspired millions to get back to reading. But for some students at one of the world's most prestigious universities JK Rowling is just a "flash in the pan".

A row has erupted over whether Ms Rowling is the right person to give the most important speech of the year at Harvard University as thousands of students graduate on 5 June. She was asked in January to give the commencement address at the Ivy LeagueADVERTISEMENTinstitution, but some students have complained that they deserve better.

JK Rowling to speak at Harvard, but students say she's 'a flash in the pan' - The Scotsman
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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Wow! I would rather have her than a lot of those other people they listed. I am a fan of the HP movies, but I haven't read the books yet. I do plan on it. I guess it is a good thing I didn't go to Harvard. I'm much more into someone doing something creative and doing well with that and turning it into wealth. I get more inspired by these people. I do think Bill Gates is impressive, but my mind doesn't think like his. I probably wouldn't be very excited to see him speak. It would probably be valuable, but not get me going. I'm not into computers or business. I think anyone who does well in life and in a good way is worth listening to. I wish she would come to my school. I would love it and get a lot out of it.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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I would imagine the decision was made to find someone with an inspirational story to tell; JK Rowling managed to create her first books during times of hardship and severe depression.

She is also a philanthropist and has raised tens of millions as well as donating big chunks of her own personal fortune.

It's true she is children's writer, but a highly remarkable one who has inspired a renaissance of young readers - at a time when reading was in huge decline.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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SHE has sold nearly 400 million books, is worth 500 million and has inspired millions to get back to reading. But for some students at one of the world's most prestigious universities JK Rowling is just a "flash in the pan".

A row has erupted over whether Ms Rowling is the right person to give the most important speech of the year at Harvard University as thousands of students graduate on 5 June. She was asked in January to give the commencement address at the Ivy LeagueADVERTISEMENTinstitution, but some students have complained that they deserve better.

JK Rowling to speak at Harvard, but students say she's 'a flash in the pan' - The Scotsman
Actually, this is a clear reflection on how far Harvard has dropped in the quality of its students. To be unable to appreciate JK Rowlings shows an incredible amount of poor judgment and an enormous sense of false superiority.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:22 AM
 
Location: S. New Hampshire
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Actually, this is a clear reflection on how far Harvard has dropped in the quality of its students. To be unable to appreciate JK Rowlings shows an incredible amount of poor judgment and an enormous sense of false superiority.
Don't know if I agree with the first statement, but I definitely agree with the second, esp. in light of where she was in life when the series was created, and the impact it had on reading. I don't thing you have to be a fan of her books to appreciate her influence.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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The article quotes one student who wrote an op-ed for the paper. It gives no indication of how many students are opposed to her, so it seems a stretch to make a judgment on the quality of Harvard students in general.
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