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FIRE President Greg Lukianoff in Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Next Week!

By February 17, 2015

FIRE is proud to announce that our president, Greg Lukianoff, will be participating in the prestigious Oxford-style debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. next Tuesday, February 24. The debate starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The motion for the evening will be: “Liberals Are Stifling Intellectual Diversity on Campus.”

Debate panelists will include USA Today columnist and FOX News contributor Kirsten Powers, George Mason University associate professor Jeremy Mayer, historian of American student activism Angus Johnston, and FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. The panel will be moderated by author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan.

A reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. debate. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased on Intelligence Squared’s website. Those unable to attend the event can live stream the debate starting at 6 p.m. on the day of the debate by clicking the “Live Streaming” tab on the IQ2US website.

This is what’s up for debate:

What is college for? For many, it’s a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancellations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses. Are liberals shutting down speech and debate on campus? Or is this theory a myth, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?

For more information on the event and the panelists, visit Intelligence Squared’s website.

Who: USA Today columnist and FOX News contributor Kirsten Powers, George Mason University associate professor Jeremy Mayer, historian of American student activism Angus Johnston, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, and author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan (moderator)

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

Live Stream: Starts at 6 p.m. on the day of the debate on the IQ2US website, under “Live Streaming”