At the University of Denver, a protest is being planned by students, faculty, and alumni at an event honoring former president George W. Bush. The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is scheduled to present an award honoring Bush for his tenure as president and his efforts to combat HIV, cervical cancer, and malaria in Africa.
Those planning the protest cite Bush’s commencement of the war in Iraq and approval of using torture on enemy combatants are the reasons for their protest.
But University spokeswoman Kim DeVigil differs with the protesters, stating that the University of Denver is honored that Bush is visiting the campus. She added that a university should tolerate differences of opinion.
The event is sold-out and expected to draw more than 1,100 people.