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Duke University’s Divine Divide

Duke Chapel
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Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel
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Duke Chapel

In 2014, the LGBTQ community rallied around students at Duke Divinity School after former Dean Richard Hays warned incoming students that under the rules of the United Methodist Church openly gay individuals would not be ordained and gay marriage is not accepted. Though Dean Hays is long gone, some students continue to voice discontent. During the state-of-the-school speech last month, Dean Elaine Heath was interrupted by LGBTQ students carrying bullhorns and chanting “I am somebody, and I won’t be stopped by nobody.”

A conversation with Higher-education reporter Ray Gronberg of The Herald Sun about the LGBTQ community student protest at Duke Divinity School.

With prepared speeches and a room peppered with supporters, the protesters presented a list of 15 demands with a timetable.  Their requirements range from gender and sexuality training for faculty and staff to a need-based scholarship for a queer or transgender student. Higher-education reporter Ray Gronberg of The Herald Sun covered the protest and the aftermath, and he joins host Frank Stasio to break down the issues and Dean Heath’s agenda moving forward.


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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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