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Amid Criticism, St. Bonaventure Calls Off Conference

April 9, 2019

The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University on Monday announced that it was calling off an academic conference scheduled for this week on the sexual abuse crisis facing the Roman Catholic Church. Some local victims of abuse and advocates for victims criticized the planned event because no victims were scheduled to speak.

The Reverend David B. Couturier, executive director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure, said in a statement, "I listened to the victim. I heard his deep concerns and decided to follow his advice that the conference we had designed was not helpful here in this diocese at this time. So, I decided to cancel the event. I wish I could have rearranged the schedule, found new speakers, and provided for the new direction being advocated. But, with less than a week before the conference was to begin, it just wasn’t possible."

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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