George Washington’s Public-Relations Challenge: Its Ex-President

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Stephen J. Trachtenberg’s comments about sexual assault provoked a furor last week, and many people called on the university to respond. The episode highlights a challenge for institutions whose former leaders maintain outsized public roles.
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If Stephen J. Trachtenberg were just an ordinary professor at George Washington University, remarks he made last week that women "have to be trained not to drink in excess" to better resist sexual assault probably would have caused a furor—and...

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