Calling their plans “an exciting and important event in response to Ben Shapiro’s visit to campus,” the University of Michigan’s History Department has chosen not to engage in the free and open exchange of ideas, but hide from it.
Titled “When Provocateurs Dabble in History: Ben Shapiro and the Enwhitenment” (yes “enwhitenment”), promises to “feature speakers and panelists responding to Shapiro’s attacks on campuses and academia along with his new history book, The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great.”
The panel discussion features a dean and several professors, and is scheduled for exactly the same time Shapiro will be speaking as part of Young America’s Foundation’s Fred Allen Lecture Series on another part of campus.
The Facebook event for the University-sanctioned and run safe space currently has 31 people listed as going, a measly amount when compared to the hundreds of students who claimed tickets to hear Shapiro.
Unfortunately this practice of campus leftists hiding from ideas rather than engaging with them continues to be the modus operandi for administrators and professors alike. It is truly a shame that universities have been turned from sites of higher learning to indoctrination camps by the exceedingly intolerant Left.
The email: Below is a screen grab of the email sent to all of UM majors in the history department.