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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Goes to Columbia

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to Columbia University has sparked both reactions of appreciation and disgust from pundits across the media. While many have debated the political cost of his visit, questions about whether or not it was meritorious for Columbia to invite Ahmadinejad for educational reasons have been largely unaddressed. Was it good that Columbia invited Ahmadinejad for an exchange of ideas? What are the obligations of a university to the nation that it resides in? Should we as Christians even be concerned about the political ramifications that this visit has wrought on our home nation? John Mark Reynolds, Fred Sanders, and Paul Spears debate these questions on this first edition of Middlebrow: Where Big Ideas Undergo the Digital Martyrdom.

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