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By Nicolas Nogueira
Stony Brook University’s College Republicans club brought Ben Shapiro: lawyer, author, and political commentator, to host a lecture on campus on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Titled “Delusions of Campus Liberals: Microaggressions, Entitlement & Affirmative Action”, Shapiro came to address one of the most liberal campuses in the United States, and one which openly support the HeForShe campaign.
The College Republicans of Stony Brook were able to secure Shapiro for the lecture with the help of the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth foundation. The foundation regularly holds programs like lectures and conferences for colleges and high schools throughout the United States.
Slated to begin at 7 PM Wednesday night in the Wang Center, the line to the main theatre stretched across Wang’s main atrium. Over 250 people attended the event, requiring organizers to send some of them into the other small theatres, where Shapiro was broadcast live in simulcast.
Shapiro’s event on campus came as a surprise to some students. “It seems atypical of such a well known conservative to come to a notoriously liberal campus,” said Don Freid, a visitor from Hofstra University. “I have friends here who told me he was coming, I couldn’t say no!”
The event was open to all persons who wished to attend, even those who are not students of the university. The only caveat was that the event was on a first come first serve basis, closing down more entrees soon after signing in the initial line that bore down the hall.
Shapiro had one hour to give his lecture to the audience, and one hour afterwards for a Q&A session. “I honestly expected someone in the crowd to start yelling or interrupt him,” said Dandan Prager, a junior. “But everyone was surprisingly receptive. Shapiro began the lecture that students would not be getting credit for attending the talk. “Which makes sense since you’ll probably learn something at this lecture,” he said with applause coming from the crowd.
The political commentator, who has his own nationally sunsacated radio show, led off by listing some of his issues with Stony Brook’s diversity pledge. “Train admission staff at individual college level[s] in concepts of hidden bias,” he read from the pledge. “Which is really exciting. It’s like Scooby-Doo, we all hop into our mystery machine and look for bias, it’s hidden!” he smiled.
However, his next few lines were met with baited breath and skepticism from the audience. In response to Stony Brook’s mandatory diversity and gender course, Mr. Shapiro said “Here’s your gender course, boys have a penis, girls have a vagina. There are a few exceptions to the rule but it is a pretty handy rule of thumb.”
Towards the end of the lecture the lecture, at the behest of some audience members during the Q&A sessions- Mr. Shapiro commented on transgenderism once again- and was met with some shock by the audience. “Those who are transgender suffer from mental illness,” which was received with muted “oohs” and uncomfortable laughter.
Aside from some of the receptive and respondent replies from the crowd, the lecture went smoothly and there were no outbursts from those in the audience.
The College Republicans say hope they can provide more visitors like Shapiro to campus that can bring a different perspective and get more students to think about their views.
A recording of the lecture can be found on the Stony Brook College Republicans Facebook page.