ASU faculty petitions university to cancel Charlie Kirk, Dennis Prager event

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Faculty members of the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University have sent a letter to the honors college dean to express their anger over an upcoming event featuring Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and PragerU founder Dennis Prager, among others.

“We, the undersigned Barrett faculty, write to condemn the ‘Health, Wealth, and Happiness‘ event the TW Lewis Center for Personal Development is scheduled to host on February 8th, 2023, and to express a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the Lewis Center,” the letter began.

According to Turning Point USA, the event will take place at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium, and will feature conservative speakers Kirk and Prager, as well as personal financial coach, Robert Kiyosaki. 

“We do not take this position lightly, as all of us believe Barrett should be a place where our students encounter a broad diversity of voices and viewpoints,” the letter to Barrett Honors College Dean Tara Williams continued, with faculty stating that “this event marks the culmination of a long history of choices made by the leadership of the Lewis Center, the sum of which demonstrate a vision for the center that runs contrary to the core values of the Barrett community.”

The letter states that the Barrett faculty “applaud” the work of their colleagues in developing the Lewis Center’s academic curriculum, “(often in spite of the Lewis Center leadership’s efforts to curtail their academic freedom),” but “our concerns about the intellectual value of Lewis Center’s public programming are long standing.”

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