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  • By Ethan Hollenberger

    z UWW 1In January, I exposed the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Contemporary Public Issues lecture series, on The New Guard. The university spent over $50,000 on liberal speakers this year. Now, after being stonewalled on an open records request, another $50,000 has been spent on-you guessed it-more liberal speakers.

    By encouraging young people like myself, Young America's Foundation is committed to exposing bias in academia.

    For decades, Young America's Foundation has assisted student activists host conservative speakers on campuses around thecountry. Clearly, as YAF's analysis of commencement speakers further indicates, in order for students to hear conservative ideals, other student activists must do the work.

    Students at Marquette University hosted conservative speakers like Michelle Malkin, John Stossel, SE Cupp, Herman Cain, Chris Horner, and Mike Adams on campus with help from the Foundation.

    Whitewater administrators admit they find speakers based on topic. Recognizable conservatives are once again missing from the university speaker series. Topics next year include electric cars, plastic, immigration, and agriculture.

    The speakers, speech topic, honoraria are as follows:

    Chris Paine - $14,000 - How many light bulbs does it take to plug in an electric car? -Paine is a liberal filmmaker and climate change activist. His two documentaries advocate for the need for an electric car.

    Michael Cohen - $7,500- Clear and present safety - Cohen is a former staffer for liberals such as Gov. Bill Richardson (NM) and Senator Chris Dodd (CT).

    Susan Freinkel - $7,500 - Plastic: A Toxic Love Story - Freinkel's talk will surround her book of the same name. Freinkel supports plastic bag bans and many liberal climate change public policy positions.

    Gustavo Arellano - $10,000 - Taco USA - Arellano is a Mexican American who blogs in support of amnesty and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Arellano uses satire frequently in his lectures, columns, and book.

    Ruha Benjamin - $5,000 - Race Unplugged - Benjamin is a professor of African American Studies at Boston University. On twitter she has implied FOX News is racist

    Tom Philpott - $7,500 - Back to the Future of Agriculture - Philpott supports liberal climate change policies in his blog on Mother Jones.

    In total, UW-Whitewater is spending an additional $52,000 on liberal speakers and topics. 

    The lecture series has no topics or speakers supporting free markets, tax reform, or smaller government. The university has ignored multiple email and phone call requests for comment on their bias.

    Even with liberals in academia turning a blind eye on conservative ideas, it has become clear YAF's work to bring balance is a much needed breath of fresh air. 



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