Continuing its tireless battle against the political correctness prevalent on college campuses throughout America, this summer Accuracy in Academia will once again hold its popular Conservative University student conference. Taking place on July 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C., the event will bring together students from all over the country and abroad, as well as some of the Right’s most talented writers and activists.
New this year will be the opportunity for CU students to take part in a live recording of CNN’s “Crossfire.” The first 50 students to register for CU will sit in the studio audience as the famed political talk show is broadcast live from the George Washington University on July 16.
As always, Conservative University will feature an array of insightful lecturers offering perspectives that are frequently excluded from America’s colleges and universities. Among the speakers already signed up for the event:
? U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado.
? Activist Star Parker, author of Uncle Sam’s Plantation and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.
? National Review columnist Joel Mowbray, author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America’s Security.
? Writer La Shawn Barber, whose work has been featured in such publications as The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and Today’s Christian Woman.
? Kenneth R. Timmerman, author of Shakedown, Preachers of Hate, and The French Betrayal of America.
? Historian Burt Folsom, author of The Myth of the Robber Barons.
? Economist George Ayittey, author of Africa Betrayed and Africa Unchained.
? Noted journalist M. Stanton Evans, author of an upcoming book on Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the communist spies and sympathizers he unearthed in the U.S. government.
? Lori Waters of Eagle Forum and Lisa De Pasquale of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
Additionally, Conservative University will feature nationally recognized student leaders discussing their experiences battling academic orthodoxy on campus. Appearing on the student panel will be Walter Bair, a student at Shippensburg State University in Pennsylvania who was charged with violating his school’s speech code for distributing patriotic pamphlets on campus. A federal court later forced the school to revise its speech code based on Bair’s experience.
Also featured on the panel will be Jason Mattera of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. That school withheld the funding it had previously granted Mattera’s newsletter when the publication ran articles investigating the actions of homosexual activists.
In the wake of the publicity that the school’s action generated, university administrators took a more laissez-faire approach when Mattera inaugurated a “White Scholarship Award” this year. Applicants were required to furnish proof of whiteness and to write an essay on why they were proud of their white heritage. Mattera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, said he established the satirical award as a way to draw attention to the prevalence of race-based scholarships.
Bair and Mattera will be joined on the student panel by Ryan Cooper of Southwest Missouri State University. Cooper went to court to win school recognition for his Young Americans for Freedom chapter. Thanks to Cooper’s efforts, the school also dropped its policy of relegating student debates and protests to a small “free speech zone” on campus.
The cost of the Conservative University conference for students includes admission, meals?including a Friday dinner?and accommodations at university dormitories. Early-bird and group rates are available, starting at $59 per student. Rates will increase after July 1.