Yale University’s three-year-old William F. Buckley, Jr. Program seeks to bring politically conservative perspectives to the overwhelmingly liberal campus by, among other things, inviting conservative speakers to campus.
“The mission of the program from the beginning, and we stand true to this now, is to promote intellectual diversity on campus, so we try to bring a variety of viewpoints to Yale, and we try to foster honest and serious debate,” Lauren Noble, a 2011 Yale graduate and founder of the program, told the Yale Daily News.
Last year, the Buckley program sponsored a campus talk about manliness by Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield. This semester, the plan is to bring eight speakers to Yale including Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalia-born Muslim critic who has survived mutilation.
Not everyone at the fancypants Ivy League school in New Haven, Conn. is happy about these visits from speakers who defy the dominant, leftist political narratives.
For example, freshman Helen Price is filled with anxiety because conservative speakers could make people who are not conservative feel out of place.
“When you invite very conservative speakers here who perhaps have controversial views on Islam or homosexuality, you essentially make Yale a very uncomfortable place for a large percentage of the people here on campus, and everyone should feel at home at college,” Price told the Daily News.
Who is Helen Price? According to her Twitter profile, she’s quite a ritzy, jet-setting princess. She describes herself as a “Yale student, leftie, Berliner, Brit, blogger” with not one and not two but three locations: “Berlin, New Haven, England.”
She thinks incredibly highly of herself, too, let her just tell you:
Since my last birthday I’ve got into Yale, Oxford etc, been published in the Guardian, captained my national debating team & moved to Berlin
— Helen Price (@HelenPrice1994) November 5, 2013
Her Twitter profile also includes language from a May 17, 2014 tweet she composed:
And I’m wearing a tee that says “My Marxist Feminist Dialectic Brings All The Boys to the Yard”, so that isn’t going down well.
— Helen Price (@HelenPrice1994) May 17, 2014
It’s not clear if Price understands how such casual mentions of Marxism might make someone — from, say, Cambodia, or North Korea, or Ukraine — “very uncomfortable.”
Price’s considerable body of tweets contains some other gems sure to make some people feel less than “at home.” A sampling includes:
No, Pope Francis, abortion is not a symptom of a “throw-away” society, but of a society that has some regard for women’s autonomy and rights
— Helen Price (@HelenPrice1994) September 21, 2013
When the going gets tough, the tough put their “Revolutionary Socialist Rap” playlists on repeat
— Helen Price (@HelenPrice1994) March 26, 2014
Happy 80th birthday @GloriaSteinem! pic.twitter.com/rtGSBFEqoy
— Feminist Pics (@FeministPics) March 26, 2014
To judge from its rate of donations to presidential candidates in 2012, Yale leans heavily leftward. President Barack Obama routed Mitt Romney at all the Ivy League schools but did laughably well at Yale. Obama raised $45,851 from Yale professors while Romney collected a meager $1,115, reports Bloomberg.
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