Tom Woods to speak at IU! TONIGHT, TUES 9/21/10Submitted by radiofriendly on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 21:00
You might remember that IU tried to prevent this night from happening. Well, there's nothing like a challenge to get YAL fired up! Please share this great event with all of your friends and family who might live within driving distance of Bloomington, IN.
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Tuesday, September 21, 7:00pm
IU Student Union, Whittenberger Auditorium
900 E 7th St Bloomington, IN 47405
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Indiana University's chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YALatIU) will be hosting free-market economist and historian, Thomas E. Woods, next Tuesday, September 21st, in the Whittenberger Auditorium at 7 p.m. where he will present a lecture on the current economic crisis from a free-market perspective. The title of Woods' lecture is "The Economic Crisis: Why, How and What Now?" and throughout the course of his talk he will discuss the economic and political reasons for the collapse, how the government has made the situation worse and where we should go from here.
Controversy arose last year when the IU Lecture Committee, after agreeing at first to bring Woods to campus, later rejected YALatIU's proposal following word from the economics department that Wood's lacked "sufficient academic credibility." Disagreeing with the rationale that a senior fellow at a major school of economic thought, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia, and a two-time NYT's bestselling author lacked sufficient academic credibility, YALatIU launched a fundraising campaign that was successful in raising enough money to bring Woods to campus. YALatIU was also able to secure some help from IUSA's funding board.
The controversy garnered media attention from the Indy Star as well as Bloomington's Herald-Times.
The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer period.
Learn more about Young Americans for Liberty at IU here:
(Here is the old story, now history!)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY REFUSES EQUAL FUNDING FOR FREE MARKET SPEAKER
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Economics Department and Indiana Memorial Union Board Lectures Committee of Indiana University-Bloomington refused to host Mises Institute senior scholar and economist Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. on campus, citing the blatantly false excuse that Woods, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia and a New York Times bestselling author, lacked “sufficient academic credibility.”
The Young Americans for Liberty chapter whose request to host Woods was denied is fighting back against this gross academic bias and power play with the assistance of CampusReform.org, a website for conservative and libertarian student activists, and the national Young Americans for Liberty organization.
Sam Spaiser, president of the IU Young Americans for Liberty group, has taken swift action to bring Woods to IU with or without the school’s assistance. “It is clear that the Lectures Board rejected Woods based on philosophical differences, not his lack of credibility,” he said. “This is a ridiculous decision based on false pretenses and amounts to nothing more than ideological injustice.”
Woods agreed in a statement given to CampusReform.org. “If my academic credentials are in question, anyone can judge for themselves at TomWoods.com. But from their point of view I’m surely uncredentialed: unlike other speakers they might consider, I haven’t wrecked any economies.”
IU previously spent $35,000 to bring to campus John Edwards, a disgraced liberal politician best known for long denying an extramarital affair and illegitimate daughter, but refused Woods a speaking opportunity despite his more reasonable speaker’s fee of $4,000.
The story was first reported by The Indiana Standard, an independent conservative student newspaper, and published online at CampusReform.org.
The IU Memorial Union Board Lectures Committee chairwoman declined to comment, and said she did not know the committee's budget or its full list of past speakers.
Young Americans for Liberty seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution. Visit www.yaliberty.org for more information. You can donate directly to help IU YAL bring Tom Woods to campus