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Boston University Hosted Only Three Conservative Speakers in 2016-2017 School Year

Boston University Hosted Only Three Conservative Speakers in 2016-2017 School Year

“34 speakers were classified as liberal or left-of-center”

There is no political balance in academia, as we’ve pointed out many times before.

Campus Reform reports:

Boston University hosted just 3 conservative speakers in 2016-17

A Campus Reform survey of official events at Boston University found that the institution hosted only three conservative speakers during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Campus Reform examined a total of 49 speakers who were invited on campus by the university, academic departments, or student organizations, only including speakers who were officially acknowledged by the university on its events calendar.

Many of the invited speakers were academic experts, former politicians, journalists, and members of political groups such as the Massachusetts American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and local Democratic committees.

Campus Reform researched each speaker’s political leanings and examined factors such as organizational affiliations, published writings and statements, and social media remarks.

In total, 34 speakers were classified as liberal or left-of-center, while only three speakers could be identified as conservative. The remaining 12 lecturers who came to campus during the school year were either politically neutral or exhibited no clear ideological bias.

The only three speakers who had clear right-of-center, conservative, or libertarian views were Townhall Editor and Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich; former Congressman, retired Army officer, and political commentator Allen West; and AEI Fellow Dalibor Rohac.


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