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May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014

IMF’s Lagarde backs out of planned graduation speech at U.S. college

BOSTON (Reuters) – The managing director of the International Monetary Fund on Monday canceled a planned commencement speech at one of the most prestigious U.S. women’s colleges after students protested honoring an organization that supports “patriarchal systems.”

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, said that Brown University president Ruth Simmons would instead address graduates on Sunday after students circulated an online petition asking that Christine Lagarde, a French politician who has headed the IMF since 2011, be un-invited.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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