Smith Soc served as a sponsor for an Intelligence Squared US debate on campus free speech, debating the proposition "Free Speech is Threatened on Campus." The debate was held the evening of March 1st at Yale University at the Yale Repertory Theatre, in New Haven, Connecticut. It featured writer Wendy Kaminer, Columbia professor John McWhorter, UPenn professor Shaun Harper, and Yale professor Jason Stanley. The host was ABC News' John Donvan. There were many Smith Soc members in attendance, most from the Yale SOM chapter. Several Smith Soc chapters organized get-togethers to view the livestream on their campuses.
The results of the debate were positive for those opposed to restrictions of speech on campus. Before the debate 49% of the audience felt that speech was threatened and 24% were undecided; at the end of the debate, 66% were for and only 9% were undecided.
The video of the event is available HERE.