List of Campus Disinvitation Attempts, 2000–2014

As we note in our 2014 Disinvitation Report, the following list is not exhaustive, and will be updated as our research warrants. If you are aware of any incidents that you believe were not included, or that took place before 2000, please email a link to, scan of, or citation for a reliable media report about that incident to disinvitation@thefire.org.

Key:

Pink – Incidents in which a speaker’s invitation was formally rescinded
Blue – Incidents in which a speaker withdrew in the face of protest
Yellow – Incidents in which students or faculty persistently disrupted the speaker, effectively preventing the speaker from conveying his or her message (the “heckler’s veto”)
White – Incidents in which the disinvitation attempt was ultimately unsuccessful

YearSchoolSpeaker
2000Maris CollegeBob Kerrey
2000Old Dominion UniversityFred Rogers
2000University of Texas at AustinHenry Kissinger
2000The George Washington UniversityMadeline Albright
2000University of California, BerkeleyMadeline Albright
2000Antioch CollegeMumia Abu-Jamal
2001Cornell UniversityAnn Coulter
2001Stanford UniversityCarly Fiorina
2001Seton Hall UniversityDelores E. Cross
2001Yale UniversityGeorge W. Bush
2002Stanford UniversityCondoleezza Rice
2002James Madison UniversityDoris Kearns Goodwin
2002University of DelawareDoris Kearns Goodwin
2002Ohio State UniversityGeorge W. Bush
2002California State University, SacramentoJanis Besler Heaphy
2002University of California, BerkeleyJonny Moseley
2002University of California, Los AngelesLaura Bush
2002Syracuse UniversityRudy Giuliani
2002Harvard UniversityTom Paulin
2002Harvard UniversityZayed Yasin
2003Georgetown UniversityCardinal Francis Arinze
2003Rockford CollegeChris Hedges
2003College of the Holy CrossChris Matthews
2003Michigan State UniversityDan Flynn
2003Saint Louis UniversityDonald J. Carty
2003Princeton UniversityFred Hargadon
2003Guilford CollegeHoward Coble
2003Saint Joseph’s UniversityRick Santorum
2003University of California, BerkeleyWard Connerly
2003Rutgers UniversityNatan Sharansky
2004Mount Saint Mary’s CollegeAlberto Gonzales
2004University of ArizonaAnn Coulter
2004Villanova UniversityCaroll Spinney (Big Bird)
2004University of ArizonaGeorge W. Bush
2004American UniversityMichelle Malkin
2004University of Saint FrancisNancy Snyderman
2004Hamilton CollegeSusan Rosenberg
2005Butler UniversityDavid Horowitz
2005Calvin CollegeGeorge W. Bush
2005Santa Monica CollegeGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2005Rice UniversityMichelle Hebl
2005California State University, East BayRichard Rodriguez
2005Middlebury CollegeRudolph Giuliani
2005New York UniversityShirley Tilghman
2005Hamilton CollegeWard Churchill
2005Earlham CollegeWilliam Kristol
2005University of Wisconsin – WhitewaterWard Churchill
2005Antioch CollegeWard Churchill
2005Wheaton CollegeWard Churchill
2005Eastern Washington UniversityWard Churchill
2006Boston CollegeCondoleezza Rice
2006Oklahoma State UniversityGeorge W. Bush
2006Columbia UniversityJim Gilchrist
2006Columbia UniversityJohn McCain
2006The New SchoolJohn McCain
2006Columbia UniversityMahmoud Ahmadinejad
2006Brown UniversityNonie Darwish
2006Portland State UniversityPeter DeFazio
2006Nova Southeastern UniversitySalman Rushdie
2006Brandeis UniversityTony Kushner
2007University of St. ThomasArchbishop Desmond Tutu
2007Brigham Young UniversityDick Cheney
2007Saint Vincent CollegeGeorge W. Bush
2007Columbia UniversityJim Gilchrist
2007Saint Mary’s CollegeJustice Samuel Alito
2007University of CaliforniaLawrence Summers
2007Regent UniversityMitt Romney
2007Harvard UniversityRobert Trivers
2007College of Saint MaryRoberta Wilhelm
2008St. Catherine UniversityAl Franken
2008St. Catherine UniversityBay Buchanan
2008University of GeorgiaClarence Thomas
2008Furman UniversityGeorge W. Bush
2008St. Catherine UniversityHillary Clinton
2008Northwestern UniversityJeremiah Wright
2008Northwestern School of LawJerry Springer
2008Aquinas CollegeJohn Corvino
2008The George Washington UniversityJulian Bond
2008Boston CollegeMichael Mukasey
2008Washington University in St. LouisPhyllis Schlafly
2008Smith CollegeRyan Sorba
2008University of NebraskaWilliam Ayers
2009Arizona State UniversityBarack Obama
2009University of Notre DameBarack Obama
2009University of VermontBen Stein
2009King’s CollegeBob Casey
2009Saint Louis UniversityDavid Horowitz
2009University of Massachusetts AmherstDon Feder
2009Xavier University of LouisianaDonna Brazile
2009University of California, Los AngelesJames Franco
2009Harvard UniversityJim Gilchrist
2009McHenry County CollegeMarc Falkoff
2009UCLA Anderson School of ManagementMeg Whitman
2009University of North Carolina School of LawMichael Mukasey
2009California Polytechnic State UniversityMichael Pollan
2009Princeton UniversityNonie Darwish
2009University of MassachusettsRaymond Luc Levasseur
2009University of OklahomaRichard Dawkins
2009University of North Carolina at Chapel HillTom Tancredo
2009Boston CollegeWilliam Ayers
2009DePaul UniversityJacob Shrybman
2009DePaul UniversityNatan Sharansky
2009Saint Louis UniversityJacob Shrybman
2009University of ChicagoEhud Olmert
2009University of KentuckyEhud Olmert
2010Seton Hall University School of LawChris Christie
2010Temple UniversityGeert Wilders
2010Syracuse UniversityJamie Dimon
2010Ohio Wesleyan UniversityJohn McCain
2010State University of New York at OswegoJohn McHugh
2010Butler UniversityJohn Roberts
2010University of MinnesotaKarl Rove
2010Brandeis UniversityMichael Oren
2010University of California, IrvineMichael Oren
2010The George Washington UniversityMichelle Obama
2010Saint Louis UniversityPietro Sambi
2010University of ArizonaSandra Soto
2010University of North Carolina at Chapel HillTom Tancredo
2010Indiana UniversityTom Woods
2010Columbia University, School of International and Public AffairsVikram Pandit
2010University of WyomingWilliam Ayers
2011Villanova UniversityAnna Quindlen
2011Washington University in St. LouisBristol Palin
2011University of California, Santa BarbaraDavid Horowitz
2011San Diego City CollegeDistrict Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
2011University of PennsylvaniaEric Cantor
2011Messiah CollegeFrances Piven
2011Dartmouth CollegeGeorge H.W. Bush
2011Fontbonne UniversityGreg Mortenson
2011Messiah CollegeJason Mattera
2011The Catholic University of AmericaJohn Boehner
2011Washington University in St. LouisMarvin Casey
2011Rutgers UniversityNicole Polizzi
2011Everett Community CollegeRaymond Ibrahim
2011Worcester Polytechnic InstituteRex Tillerson
2011University of MichiganRick Snyder
2011University of WisconsinRoger Clegg
2011Albright CollegeTom Corbett
2011City University of New YorkTony Kushner
2011Anna Maria CollegeVictoria Reggie Kennedy
2012Fordham UniversityAnn Coulter
2012Gonzaga UniversityArchbishop Desmond Tutu
2012Emory UniversityBen Carson
2012The George Washington UniversityCarlos Slim
2012Fordham UniversityJohn Brennan
2012Earlham CollegeJonah Lehrer
2012Georgetown UniversityKathleen Sebelius
2012University of North CarolinaMichael Bloomberg
2012Cornish College of the ArtsMike Daisey
2012Liberty UniversityMitt Romney
2012University of California, IrvineOsama Shabaik
2012Indiana University BloomingtonPastor Douglas Wilson
2012Adrian CollegePat Boone
2012Mercy College: St. Elizabeth CampusRep. Robert Hagan
2012Michigan State UniversityRick Snyder
2012Temple UniversityRobert Spencer, Nonie Darwish, Pamela Geller
2012University of San DiegoTina Beattie
2013The George Washington UniversityAlec Baldwin
2013University of MichiganAlice Walker
2013Xavier UniversityAnthony Munoz
2013Johns Hopkins UniversityBen Carson
2013Midwestern State UniversityBen Carson
2013University of Montana – WesternCarol & Pat Williams
2013Skidmore CollegeCynthia Carroll
2013Boston CollegeEnda Kenny
2013University of California, BerkeleyEric Holder
2013University of OklahomaFareed Zakaria
2013Duquesne UniversityGeraldo Rivera
2013Georgetown UniversityGreta Van Susteren
2013Pasadena City CollegeJames Deen
2013University of MichiganJennifer Gratz
2013Providence CollegeJohn Corvino
2013University of Massachusetts AmherstKarl Rove
2013Morehouse CollegeKevin Johnson
2013Western New England University School of LawLois Lerner
2013University of PennsylvaniaNarendra Modi
2013Benedictine CollegePaul Ryan
2013St. John’s UniversityPeter King
2013Georgetown UniversityRamy Jan
2013Brown UniversityRay Kelly
2013Grand Valley State UniversityRick Snyder
2013Swarthmore CollegeRobert Zoellick
2013Saint Louis UniversityScott Brown
2013University of IllinoisShahid Khan
2013Coastal Carolina UniversityTim Scott
2013Millersville UniversityTom Corbett
2014Suffolk UniversityAbraham Foxman
2014Brandeis UniversityAyaan Hirsi Ali
2014Barnard CollegeCecile Richards
2014Azusa Pacific UniversityCharles Murray
2014Smith CollegeChristine Lagarde (IMF)
2014Rutgers UniversityCondoleezza Rice
2014University of MinnesotaCondoleezza Rice
2014Pasadena City CollegeDustin Lance Black
2014Montana Tech of the University of MontanaGreg Gianforte
2014University of California, Hastings College of LawJanet Napolitano
2014Harvard UniversityMichael Bloomberg
2014Harvard University Graduate School of EducationMichael Johnston
2014University of California – IrvineNonie Darwish
2014Haverford CollegeRobert J. Birgeneau
2014Howard UniversitySean “Diddy” Combs
2014Laney CollegeJanet Napolitano

 


Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers