Each year, Young America’s Foundation helps hundreds of students to organize a breakthrough speaking event at their high school or college campus. The speakers and events highlighted in this list are just a handful of powerful programs that occur each week across the country. 

Today, we will highlight the first five key events in 2009. Come back tomorrow to see the rest of the list. If you would like to learn how to bring one of these speakers to your campus, please contact us!The University of Minnesota

10. Dinesh D’Souza at the University of Minnesota

More than 1,300 students and community members turned out at the University of Minnesota to hear Dinesh D’Souza defend Christianity in a debate with Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  Adam Go, with Campus Crusade for Christ, said he was impressed with the quality of debate between D’Souza and Barker and was excited that so many young people turned out to hear the discussion.

9. Karl Rove at the University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeeRove at UWM

Karl Rove spoke to more than 500 students and community members at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The Left which was on hand to protest, repeatedly interrupted his remarks. However, Rove responded effectively to their disruptions by stating, “I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll keep my remarks short and then you can get a microphone and ask any damn question you want. Until then, do something that may come hard to a liberal intellectual and that is show respect for the rights of others like everyone else who came here tonight.” Cheers erupted from the audience following his remarks.

8. Ann Coulter at Columbia UniversityCoulter at Columbia

Ann Coulter spoke to a packed hall of students at Columbia University, one of the most liberal schools in the country.  A student who attended the event wrote afterwards on a Columbia University blog: 

She was INCREDIBLE. In all seriousness, thank you to everyone who respectfully attended the event. I know most people on this campus don’t agree with her, but what was great about tonight was that people actually engaged her in intellectual discussion and debate, instead of just resorting to name calling…Thank you Ann, for bringing this opportunity for growth to our campus. It was much needed.

7.  John Ashcroft at the University of Texas – Austin Ashcroft at UT-Austin

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 students attended a speech at the University of Texas – Austin featuring Attorney General John Ashcroft. Thanks to the generous support of a UT-Austin alumnus, these young people heard the Attorney General’s thoughts on the current threats facing the U.S. and what needs to be done to protect freedom for future generations.  

Several protestors were on hand at the event, but the crowd was overwhelmingly supportive.  Attorney General Ashcroft received a standing ovation upon his arrival on stage and at the conclusion of his remarks.

6. Dennis Prager at Flintridge Preparatory School, CA

Dennis Prager’s spoke to  400 high school students at Flintridge Preparatory School. Francis McCloskey wrote, “Prager gave a fantastic lecture! He was extremely generous with his time both before and after the assembly.  Overall, it was a huge success on campus! He was engaging to the audience, and no assembly has ever incited such discussion at Prep.  Never have I seen so many hands raised to ask a speaker a question…The conservatives adored him of course, and the liberals, though disagreeing with Mr. Prager on many points, are glad they were exposed to other views on campus.  They found the challenge refreshing…Thank you so much for helping us put together such a dynamic and exciting assembly here at Prep…”


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