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Colleges reject charge that freshman reading lists have political bias
Colleges reject charge that freshman reading lists have political bias

Freshmen at colleges around the country for years have been assigned to read the same books as a way to bond at orientation and to encourage intellectual interactions rather than just social ones. But this year, some of the reading selections are coming under attack. In South Carolina, for example, the state Legislature tried to cut funding for two state universities that selected books with gay themes. The conservative Young Americans for Freedom compiled a list of those books that they contend offer only left-leaning perspectives, including "Americanah," a novel by a celebrated Nigerian writer that was picked this year at Pomona College, Penn State, Duke University and...

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