Winner: Brown Lecture Board

Brown Lecture Board

Brown students pay lip service to the idea of “intellectual diversity,” but no group on campus better fosters intellectual diversity than the Brown Lecture Board. In the past seven years, the group has featured speakers as wide-ranging as former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof. In April, the Lecture Board hosted former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a move that many of us at The Spectator appreciated. Even at a largely liberal school like Brown, the audience came together and cheered for Paul’s condemnation of the War on Drugs, support for bringing the troops home, and decrying of corporate welfare. We hope in the future that the Lecture Board continues to offer speakers from a wide range of political backgrounds and foster dialogue on campus about viewpoints different from those normally expressed here.


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