ROTC programs aren't allowed at Harvard. But, as the Harvard University Gazette reports, stuff like this is just fine:
On May 12, the Loeb Experimental Theatre will premier a work by a Harvard undergraduate that carries on that tradition. "Abu Ghraib," written and directed by sophomore Currun Singh, probes the meaning of the 2004 prisoner abuse scandal using a combination of dialogue, film, music, and dance.In an article in the Harvard Crimson, the play's producer, sophomore Xin Wei Ngiam, explains that the play is careful to set the events of Abu Ghraib in the proper context:
Singh, a social studies concentrator who has participated in student theatrical productions both onstage and behind the scenes since his freshman year, said that the idea for a play based on Abu Ghraib evolved out of the shock and dismay he and fellow students felt as the news story unfolded.
Ngiam explains that she and Singh have made a “short history of American human rights abuses” spliced from various archival films.I guess they lacked the time to make a long history. Yes, American mistakes should be confronted, not swept under the rug. But demonizing America as a serial human rights abuser throughout history is as irresponsible as saying America can do no wrong.
This story doesn't really seem to be making much of a splash in the blogosphere (although some posts are here and here). Which presumably is just fine with Harvard. When Fox News sent a camera crew to film the play for a segment on "The O`Reilly Factor", it was not allowed to enter the theatre. UPI reports:
O`Reilly said he planned to film footage from the theater production for a segment of his program, "The O`Reilly Factor." However, when camera crews arrived May 12 at the Loeb Experimental Theater, they were not allowed to enter.What is Harvard hiding? Why doesn't it want the rest of the country to see Singh's play?
Robert Mitchell, director of communications for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, said Harvard policy prevents media crews from entering the building unless they have permission from the student producers. O`Reilly and his executive producer, David Tabacoff, told the Boston Herald they had received permission.