Protests Intensify Over Mexican President's Harvard Job

"He is credited with having boosted the nation's economic development as a pro-business, pro-free market leader and having made significant reforms to the country's environmental, immigration and health care policies," read a statement issued by the Kennedy School on November 28.

David T. Ellwood the dean of the Kennedy School backed Calderón's appointment in a recent interview with the Cambridge Chronicle.

"We recognize that not everyone agreed with his policies or his approaches, as is the case with all world leaders, but one of the fundamental tenets of the Kennedy School and all American universities is a free exchange of ideas," Ellwood told the Chronicle. "In keeping with that educational mission, the school has a long and proud tradition of allowing our students the opportunity to engage with world leaders and to ask difficult questions on important public policy issues."

Ellwood has not yet answered the letter sent by the Mexican human rights activists.

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