By the end of the two-hour class, the conversation was no closer to resolution and a long way from Pelton’s original call to move toward ‘‘positive action’’ by challenging the status quo. But he sees it as a step.
‘‘I think the conversation has already begun. There will be different points of view. There will be disputes,’’ the college president says. ‘‘My obligation ... is to keep that conversation alive on behalf of those young people, so I can go to bed every night believing that they did not die in vain.’’
Adam Geller, a New York-based national writer, can be reached at features(at)ap.org. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdGeller .