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Ruth Simmons: Universities are the guardians of truth – Episode 15

Ruth Simmons
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Ruth Simmons, a longtime college administrator who was the first African American to lead an Ivy League school and the current president of Prairie View A&M University, talks about why universities must be transparent, seeing herself in her students (especially the rebellious ones), and what it was like to recruit Toni Morrison to work at Princeton.

Hosted by John Shaw. Produced and edited by Alee Quick. This podcast is produced in collaboration with WSIU Public Radio. For more, visit paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu/podcasts

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John T. Shaw joined the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute as director in January 2018. He established the Institute’s “Better Politics, Smarter Government” agenda with its Restoring American Statesmanship, Renewing Illinois, and Understanding Our New World programs.
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