Charlie Kirk and Dennis Prager, two conservative public figures, will be returning to speak at ASU after an event they held last February was protested by Barrett Honors faculty.
The protest from Barrett faculty to separate themselves from the event and the closure of the T.W. Lewis Center in June led to a joint state legislative committee investigation in July.
"I'm sure the 39 'honors college' professors who demanded that we wouldn't be allowed on campus in February will be delighted we are coming back!" Kirk said in a Tweet promoting the event on Sept. 27.
The event will have an appearance from Arizona State Rep. Austin Smith from Legislative District 29. Smith was on the Ad Hoc Committee which gave the University 60 days to investigate accusations of free speech violations.
"We not only allow but encourage an environment where all members of the university community are able to fully participate in an open exchange of ideas," a University spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement.
The "Health, Wealth & Happiness 2.0" seminar hasn’t confirmed a location and will not be hosted by any Barrett affiliates. The event is being sponsored by Turning Point USA at Arizona State University.
"This time around, Prager and Kirk will not be speaking in my name or the name of the college to which I belong," said Michael Ostling, a Barrett Honors Faculty Professor, in an email. "This lessens my responsibility to speak up against them, but not my responsibility to stand in solidarity with the people that this group of trolls so delights in bullying and vilifying."
Since the first "Health, Wealth & Happiness" seminar, many of the Barrett faculty who signed the petition to distance themselves from the event have been put on Kirk’s "Professor Watchlist."
"In the months since the uproar surrounding the initial 'Health, Wealth, and Happiness' event, it has been made abundantly clear that Dennis Prager and Charlie Kirk are attempting to use ASU as a stage upon which to promote their broader anti-inclusive and anti-intellectual agenda," said Alex Young, a Barrett Honors Faculty Professor in an email.
Edited by Jasmine Kabiri, Alexis Waiss, and Grace Copperthite.