Across the United States, college students put in bids to host the illustrious Ben Shapiro on their campuses. Difficulties like asinine security fees, trouble confirming event dates and space, last minute cancellations, and even refusal from the school administrations to hear the event proposal seem to follow Shapiro through his lecture circuit.
Shapiro’s lecture series, available exclusively through the Young America’s Foundation and the Fred Allen Lecture Series, is set to visit (or has visited) these 5 campuses in the spring 2019 semester:
George Washington University – January 17
University of Alabama – February 12
University of Michigan – March 12
Loyola-Marymount University – April 3
Grand Canyon University – April 10
To kick off his tour, Shapiro visited George Washington University on the eve of the March for Life in January. 425 people were given seats in the venue, while another 100 were turned away for capacity reasons.
Aimee Triana expressed the importance of having Shapiro speak on campuses like hers, “Professors and students are constantly pushing the same liberal narrative and many students never even hear an opposing opinion. I’ve had people tell me that I am the first Conservative that they have ever met.” This is certainly true upon examining the difficulties GW YAF has experienced throughout their existence. Evidence of their unpopularity can be seen in their “mean tweets” video as well.
UM hosted Shapiro previously in 2016, so viewpoint discrimination is something the school administration knows to avoid in the public eye. However, Chairman Jacob Chludzinski expressed that the university has responded poorly to anti-semitism on campus recently, making Shapiro’s lecture a timely and important one.
The chapter currently expects 1,060 attendees with 100+ more in overflow. Currently over 5,100 are on a waitlist as well. Chludzinski attended an event organizing protests about Shapiro’s arrival, so the chapter may be in for an exciting time!
However, new chapters like the one at LMU are facing backlash from the university administration which included a list of demands from the Young Americans for Freedom chapter including: university provided streaming and capping attendance at 10% venue capacity.
The chapter is also dealing with threats by Antifa to shut down the event. Chairman Adam Duarte says that, “LMU has gotten complacent in its progressive, social justice orientation” and the 600+ expected attendees will get a much-needed experience by hearing Shapiro speak.
Shapiro spoke to a packed out crowd at the University of Alabama. Despite the trouble which follow him seemingly everywhere else, UA set a prime example of how universities should host speakers, to which Shapiro ushered a jubilant “Roll Tide!” He spoke on abortion, threw in a mention of his wife being a doctor, and answered many questions from left-leaning students with expertise.
GCU is a Christian university that one would expect to fight for truth at all opportunities. However, the university’s administration has given YAF more than enough trouble with the event. Initially, the school claimed that Shapiro was to0 polarizing to speak to their campus, but then rescinded this statement and offered Shapiro to speak— without the YAF chapter. However, they came around and the lecture will occur as planned. GCU chairman Connor Brinton has already facilitated several successful lectures with the chapter, including Allie Stuckey and Michael Knowles.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.