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Indiana U. Bloomington Hosted Only Four Conservatives in 2016-2017 School Year

Indiana U. Bloomington Hosted Only Four Conservatives in 2016-2017 School Year

Where is the ideological diversity?

There were over 100 speaking events and just four of them featured conservatives. What bias?

Campus Reform reports:

Liberal speakers outnumbered conservatives 11-1 at Indiana U

A Campus Reform analysis reveals that Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB) hosted just four conservative speakers during the 2016-17 academic year.

Overall, IUB’s official calendar includes 117 events featuring speakers who either addressed controversial/political topics or are known for their political activity, about one-third of which could be categorized as left-of-center.

The events ranged from commencement ceremonies and conferences to special lectures and exhibits that focused on issues of culture and diversity. Many of the invited speakers were academic experts and authors who have written extensively on relevant academic and public policy topics.

Campus Reform researched the political affiliations of all 117 speakers, taking into consideration their public statements and opinions as well as organizational affiliations, and determined that 44 of the speakers who appeared on campus during the 2016-17 school year demonstrated a left-of-center political leaning.

The remaining 69 lecturers either delivered speeches on politically neutral topics or could not be effectively labeled as either “left” or “right” of center based on their past remarks.

Geoffrey Kabaservice, a history professor and researcher at the Republican Main Street Partnership, was among the right-leaning speakers who lectured at IUB during the last academic year, as was Terry Anderson, an advocate for free-market environmentalism who discussed environmental issues and policy.


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