Award-winning Scholar Will Deliver Pi Sigma Alpha Spring Lecture

Date: 04-13-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Award-winning author and leading gay activist Jonathan Rauch will deliver the fifth annual Pi Sigma Alpha spring lecture Wednesday, April 20, in the BMU Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Rauch’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled, “Why Free Speech is the Only Safe Place for Minorities.”

Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of six books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. His books include “Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America” and “Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought.” Rauch has published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Economist, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 2005, Rauch received the National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

CSU, Chico hosts the Upsilon Delta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. The goal of Pi Sigma Alpha, which has approximately 460 chapters in the U.S., is to encourage scholarship and interest in political science.

CSU, Chico political science professor Alan Gibson, Pi Sigma Alpha adviser, said, “Rauch is one of the nation’s most provocative and thoughtful intellectuals across a broad spectrum of controversial social and political topics. He, as much as any intellectual or activist, led the successful fight for the establishment of gay marriage across America.

“Rauch has now turned his attention back to the issue of the threats to free speech on America’s campuses, which he also wrote about during the early 1990s,” Gibson said. “We are fortunate to have him at CSU, Chico to discuss this important issue.”

Rauch’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Associated Students’ Government Affairs. For additional information, please contact Gibson at 530-898-4952. People who require an accommodation in order to participate this event or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.