Actress Jessica Lange addresses Marlboro graduates

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(Host) Actress Jessica Lange urged graduates at Marlboro College Sunday to use their educations to work for peace and human rights.

Lange has been a vocal opponent of the recent war in Iraq. Speaking at commencement at the small liberal arts college, she singled out many aspects of Bush administration policy for criticism. Among her concerns were education, support systems for children, women’s reproductive rights and the environment:

(Lange) “There are areas for concern everywhere: the attempt to turn the federal courts into a reactionary force in society, the endangerment of our civil liberties with the Patriot Act, a sustained war is being waged against the environment. The list goes on and on and on. And if you are concerned about any of these activities, now is the time to be vigilant. Now is the time to act.”

(Host) Lange received an honorary doctorate from outgoing Marlboro College President Paul Le Blanc. She received a hug from her daughter, Shura Lange Baryshnikov, who was among the graduates. The graduate’s father, dancer-choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, was also in the audience.

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