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Ricochet readers, I’d like your help. Next week, I’m doing my first ever Intelligence Squared U.S. debate defending the following resolution: Liberals Are Stifling Intellectual Diversity on Campus. This may strike some readers as a little surprising, as you all know FIRE not only defends people all across the spectrum, but also employs people across the spectrum (not to mention I myself identify as a political liberal, as does my debating partner Kirsten Powers). But, I have also never hidden the fact if you’re going to be censored on campus these days, it’s far more likely that you’ll be censored from your left.
Ricochet readers in the D.C. area should come in person. Those who can’t attend should tune in online. The winner is determined by how many people decide to change his or her vote, and given that I’ll be doing this debate at George Washington University, I wonder how many will be willing to do that!
As I previously mentioned, my debate partner will be Kirsten Powers, a columnist for USA Today and a FOX News contributor. The panelists arguing against the motion are Angus Johnston, a historian of student activism and the founder of StudentActivism.net, along with Jeremy Mayer, an associate professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University.
However, I wanted to ask you: what do you think the most damning data are that prove this point?
What is the most harrowing example you have of the left’s intolerance on campus?
Is there a single damning quote from, say, a university president, dean, or prominent professor that comes to mind?
I don’t want to show my hand for the debate, so I won’t be adding my own examples or comments, but I’m sure that in the hive mind that is Ricochet there are some examples I have forgotten or never knew in the first place.
I hope you’ll let me know your thoughts and then tune in on Tuesday!
What: Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on whether “Liberals Are Stifling Intellectual Diversity on Campus”
When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. debate
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW (in the School of Media and Public Affairs, corner of H and 21st NW), Washington, D.C. 20052
Tickets: $30 for adults; $10 for GWU students. Members of the press, journalists, and columnists who wish to cover or attend the debate are encouraged to contact Katie Barrows, FIRE’s Communications Coordinator, for press access to the event. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Live Stream: Starts at 6 p.m. on the day of the debate on the IQ2US website, under “Live Streaming”