On Tuesday the College Republicans are bringing Hilltop alum and former Hoya editor Quin Hillyer to give a talk on free speech, particularly as it relates to Georgetown.
Here's the notice:
Quin Hillyer is a Contributing Editor of National Review magazine, a Senior Editor for The American Spectator magazine, and a nationally recognized authority on the American political process. His articles have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the New Republic, The Guardian (UK), and Investor’s Business Daily. His television appearances have included Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CBN on various political issues, particularly in the 2008 campaign.
Hillyer graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1986, with an A.B. in government and theology. While at Georgetown, he held major editorial positions at The Hoya.
Hillyer will be addressing the topic of free speech on college campuses, and, as a Georgetown alum, will focus specifically on these issues as they pertain to GU. Lecture will be followed by Q&A.
Hillyer has written about free speech at Georgetown in the past, specifically the attempts by campus liberals and social justice warriors to silence the College Republicans.
Here's some of what he had to say in a piece for National Review entitled "My Alma Mater Makes a Fool of Itself" . . .
But — get this — the editorial wasn’t the worst of things on what’s known as the Hilltop. Now it turns out that the aforementioned Student Engagement office is threatening people (namely, the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute) for publicizing, yes, students’ engagement with a public issue at a public forum. Because Luce posted a video of the entire event, the Student Engagement office has demanded that the video be edited so that students who did not give consent to be videotaped will not be shown. This was at a public meeting, with the video camera in clear evidence. Since when is it forbidden, or even wrong, to post video from a public meeting at which people are speaking for all the world to hear?
This is inanity upon inanity. First there are students warning that a respected scholar should not be heard at a university, while they behave childishly at the event. Then there are student editors not only backing up those students, but offering one of the most confused and confusing, illogical editorials imaginable to make their case. Then comes the school administration to threaten to “step in” to make un-public that which was always public.
The mind reels. And the heart breaks, for all those paying obscene amounts for what is supposed to be an education, but who get treated instead to such close-minded, foggy-headed nonsense in a campus atmosphere obviously antithetical to traditional liberal values and traditional liberal education.
Read the whole thing and be sure to attend to learn more about why free speech for everyone on college campuses is important and not just free speech for those whose ideas you agree with (are you listening Sam Kleinman?).