U. of Denver Draws Fire for Award Honoring George W. Bush

Students, alumni, and others protested the university’s decision to honor the former president with an award for “improving the human condition,” which is to be given in September at a fund-raising event for the institution’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Past recipients of the award have included two former U.S. secretaries of state, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine K. Albright, but critics said Mr. Bush did not represent the school’s values and should not receive such an honor. A university spokeswoman said Mr. Bush would still receive an award for his service as president, though it’s not clear what form that honor would take.

DU spokeswoman Kim DeVigil said Bush will receive an award for his services as president, but it is unclear what that award will be called. “We are in the process of considering several names.”

Associate professor Seth Masket said he was surprised that such a “controversial figure” would be given an award with the humanitarian label and said he heard from several former students who expressed their displeasure, but didn’t know what they could do other than petition.

“Renaming the award is encouraging,” he said.

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