Renown for his ability to challenge leftist talking points with facts, CFACT at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, hosted filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza to discuss liberty, socialism, and free speech. The event was in partnership with Young America’s Foundation and the student paper, the Minnesota Republic.
D’Souza has produced many influential political films, such as “2016: Obama’s America”, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”, and “Death of a Nation”. D’Souza was a former policy analyst in President Reagan’s administration, and was the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and served as the president of The King’s College in New York City from 2010 to 2012.
“It was great hosting Dinesh D’Souza to discuss free speech, the flaws of socialism, and to give us unique commentary on the current state of politics today,” said Adam Bowen, president of the CFACT chapter on campus. “It was especially important to host another event on free speech after the Jeff Sessions event was protested and disrupted several times earlier on campus.”
The Jeff Sessions event was hosted just a week earlier at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. That speech was met with protesters chanting “cops and the klan go hand-hand” and demonstrating outside. Many protesters also posed as attendees, only to attempt to disrupt Sessions’ speech midway through. They were promptly escorted out of the building.
D’Souza spoke to a large crowd at a mid-day event, offering both students and local residents the opportunity to hear facts presented in an entertaining style. His documentary referenced above,
“2016: Obama’s America”, which was released in 2012, was the second-highest grossing political documentary of all time. Only Michael Moore’s “Farenheit 9/11” did better.
“We’re looking forward to hosting more speakers and events as a club to show that free speech should be welcomed and encouraged at universities, not attacked,” Bowen added.