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Past Speaker Events and Panels

This page highlights the history of CUCR and the events that had an effect on the campus as a whole.

Have we gone too far with abortion?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8 PM – 9 PM

No one else wants to talk about it, so we will. If you're pro-choice, we want you there. If you're pro-life, we want you there. Basically, we want you there (and it's not just to brag about how many people we get to come to our meetings).

This is a General Body Meeting - all students and viewpoints are welcome. You do not need to be a member of CUCR to participate in the discussion!

James O'Keefe at Columbia

2/4/19 Lerner Cinema

Among other topics of discussion, O’Keefe will be promoting his new book, “AMERICAN PRAVDA: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.”

Link for more info: https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/16/james-okeefes-new-book-american-pravda-my-fight-for-truth-in-the-era-of-fake-news-available-in-bookstores-today/

RSVP using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/james-okeefe-at-columbia-tickets-54682181878

Doors open 7:40 PM
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No bags, no reentry, no signs larger than 8.5”x11”
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Feb 4th 8-9PM in Lerner Cinema

Heather Mac Donald: The Diversity Delusion


Heather Mac Donald is the national bestselling author of The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture and The War on Cops, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. A former aspiring academic with roots in deconstruction and postmodernism, she has been the target of violent student protest for her work on policing. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Cambridge in English, and a J.D. from Stanford. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Partisan Review, among other publications. She lives in New York.

Mark Krikorian: Immigration

October 24, 2018

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. The Center, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. 
Follow Mark Krikorian @MarkSKrikorian

Mark Krikorian will be joining us with a pro-immigration viewpoint to speak about the advantages of a low-immigration vision which seeks a better assimilation process for all immigrants in the U.S.

We are so excited to host Mark on campus!

Conservatism and the American Idea: Jimmy Kemp

October 2, 2018

Jimmy Kemp is the president of the Jack Kemp Foundation which was created in honor of his father U.S. Representative Jack Kemp. 

Mr. Kemp also co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Established in 2002, Kemp Partners provides government relations and corporate affairs services to a diverse clientele.

His father, Rep. Kemp wrote the legislation that President Ronald Reagan adopted for tax cuts, called the “Kemp-Roth Tax Cuts,” and was the mentor to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. 

Through the Jack Kemp Foundation, Jimmy works to develop, engage, and recognize exceptional leaders who champion the American idea, beginning with the premise that the condition of your birth shouldn't determine the outcome of your life. 

Lawrence Jones: Free Speech and Bias on College Campuses

Sep 25, 2018

Lawrence B. Jones III is Campus Reform's editor-in-chief. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he hosted his own radio show on The Blaze Radio Network, served as a Contributing Host for The Blaze TV, and appears regularly on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and MSNBC.

In 2013, his work as an investigative journalist played a pivotal role in exposing corruption in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. His investigative work was instrumental in bringing reform to the funding of the Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program and earned him the FreedomWorks 2013 Activist of the Year Award. He has been listed on Red Alert's 30 under 30 and Newsmax's 30 most influential Republicans under 30.

Lawrence attended the University of North Texas and is a native of Garland, Texas where he has served on the boards of the Garland Parks and Recreation and Dallas County Child Welfare.

Exploring Communism in China

April 17, 2018

We are hosting two Chinese dissidents and exploring communism in China. We will address the recent announcements within the states and how it is using technology to control its population.

Dennis Prager: How he found god at Columbia.

April 10, 2018

In April 2018, Dennis Prager, a Columbia alum, returned to his alma mater to discuss how he found God during his time at Columbia. In his speech, Prager highlighted the secular nature of Columbia and liberalism as key factors to his return to his belief in God. Dennis Prager also commented on the importance of Judeo-Christian values as important to the continuation of the American project and America's position within the world. We are grateful to host such an esteemed conservative thinker and leader.

Impolite Debates: Ann Coulter and Mickey Kaus on Trump's America

March 27, 2018

It gives Columbia Republicans great pleasure to announce that we shall be hosting a debate between Ann Coulter and Mickey Kaus on Donald Trump’s presidency, with Rob Long moderating.

Mark Mix: The Right to Work - Janus V. afscme

February 27, 2018

On February 27 at 9 PM, President of Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Mark Mix, will be coming to Columbia to address Janus vs. AFSCME. This case involves public unions and their ability to force workers to pay their dues without choice. Although Mark is pro-union, he is going to address the importance of choice. This case will be deliberated by the Supreme Court on February 26. 

Irving Roth: Surviving the Holocaust

February 20, 2018

Irving Roth is a Holocaust Survivor who will be coming to Columbia to tell his story. Please note that there will be more details within the next two weeks. We would like to thank CUFI on campus for supporting this event.

Anthony Scaramucci: Understanding the Trump Movement and America

February 6, 2018

Anthony Scaramucci will be coming to Columbia to speak about the trump movement. He will discuss America's future and its ability to promote opportunities for all Americans.

Candace Owens: Identity Politics

January 30, 2018

Candace Owens is an internet personality that has made appearances on Fox and other networks. She will be addressing identity politics. 

Former Trump Data Manager, Matt Braynard, Speaking on Data and Targeting Voters

January 23, 2018

Matt Braynard is Trump's former Data Manager and Lead during the 2016 campaign. He will be speaking about data and polling. 

Jack Abramoff: The Current State of Lobbying under Trump

November 14, 2017

A prominent lobbyist, Mr. Abramoff has a great understanding of the inner workings of Washington politics and the lobbying industry. Convicted of corruption charges in 2006 stemming from his work with Native American casinos, Mr. Abramoff has, since his release from prison in 2010, become a critic of Washington corruption and an advocate of lobbying reform. Mr. Abramoff is currently a registered lobbyist and has attempted to arrange meetings between the Trump administration and leaders of African states to combat Boko Haram.

This year CUCR has invited Mr. Abramoff to speak because we are interested in hearing his inside view of politics and the lobbying industry. Did Trump drain the swamp with regards to money in politics and officials using their time in office to help companies and individuals?

Mike Cernovich: The Rise of the Alternative Media

October 30, 2017

Labelled as ‘Alt-right’ by 60 Minutes, Info Wars writer Mike Cernovich is a vocal and controversial pundit who embodies the message and tenor of the movement behind President Trump’s election. With over 300,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, Mr. Cernovich is one of the most followed and influential commentators amongst President Trump’s core group of supporters.

CUCR’s invitation of Mr. Cernovich is not an endorsement of his views. As the umbrella organization for Republican and conservative thought on campus, CUCR has invited Mr. Cernovich in order to better understand Mr. Trump’s presidency, the rise of new media, and Mr. Trump’s electorate. CUCR believes that we must understand the opinions and motivations of all people in society in order to effectively interact with each other and to work toward common goals. The event will begin with a 30 minute speech and will be followed by 30 minutes of Q/A during which we encourage the audience to ask any and all questions they have of Mr. Cernovich.

Herman Cain at Columbia

October 17, 2017

With the help of Young America's Foundation, we are happy to announce that we are hosting Herman Cain. Mr. Cain is a corporate executive, radio host, and a former presidential candidate. He has an extensive background in politics and moving legislation. Mr. Cain will be addressing his incredible life story, the importance of Free Market Capitalism, and Obamacare. If you are interested in attending the event, it will be on October 17th at 7 PM in Roone Aldridge Cinema in Lerner Hall.


Tommy Robinson: The Fall of Europe: Mass Immigration

October 10, 2017

A former member of the English Defense League and Quilliam Institute, Tommy has become an important political figure in England and Europe. He has championed the notion that radical Islam is incompatible with Western values and the freedoms that we currently enjoy today. Tommy has pointed out that there is a bias against anyone with his beliefs especially by the police and the government; he has been jailed unfairly due to his politics, which should frighten any American who values freedom of speech. CUCR has hosted Tommy in the past and he spoke about his story and the developments within England. This year, we asked Tommy to speak about Europe and mass immigration. He has in-depth analysis on these issues due to his connections and his first-hand experience.

The National Review's Armond White to speak on film

September 19, 2017

Armond White is a film critic at the National Review and Out. He teaches classes at Columbia University where he attained his Master of Fine Arts. Mr. White has served on a jury for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. As a result, he has extensive knowledge about film. When he comes to Columbia, Mr. White will be addressing the bias in film reviews and in films themselves. He will point out why this matters and its effect on society. Mr. White will be coming to Columbia on September 19. We are very excited to hear him speak about something that we rarely hear.

Eben Barlow speaking on Africa

September 12, 2017

 Eeben is an expert on Africa and military operational strategies. He will be addressing the current geo-political climate in Africa and the problems that the continent is currently facing.

Lucian Wintrich and Allum Bokari at Columbia

April 2017

In April 2016, we hosted Lucian Wintrich of the Gateway Pundit and Allum Bokhari an author at Breitbart. During their talk, they both addressed memes and their importance to the Trump Presidency. Allum gave an unique perspective regarding social media and its everchanging atmosphere. Lucian provided commentary regarding the fall of Hillary Clinton and the age of Trump. This event was a success and we hope to host them in the future.

Charles Murray

March 2017

With the help of the AEI Executive Council at Columbia, CUCR was able to host Charles Murray. Mr. Murray addressed the following topic: Are Elites To Blame for the Rise of Donald Trump? In his talk, he spoke about how middle America, which used to be called the great homeland has become forgotten and left behind by the elites of this country. He discussed that these high minded Americans have nothing in common with those living in the middle of the country and don't consume the same products or media; they are totally disconnected. Mr. Murray believes that these disgruntled Americans went against the mainstream candidates and chose Trump because they believed that they represented them. Overall, the event was a huge success and it was written in the following newspapers: NY Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, USA Today, The College Fix, Mediate, Campus Reform, Vice, and Taki Mag. Please click the photo in order to watch the video of the talk.

NYC GOP Primary Mayoral Forum

March 2017

With the help of the New York Federation of College Republicans, CUCR hosted the NYC GOP Primary Mayoral Forum. The event included the following candidates and potential candidates: Darren Aquino, Reverend Michael Faulkner, Paul Massey, and Councilman Eric Ulrich. Paul Cuesta and Ari Boosalis moderated the event. The event tackled problems such as transportation, education, safety, and affordable housing. Each of the candidates had his moment on stage and desired to see change in the city. The event was highly successful and was written in the following newspaper outlets: NY Post, Observer, Gotham Gazette, Politico, and a few others. If you would like to watch the forum, please click the photo.

Dinesh D'Souza

Febuary 2017

With the help of Young American's Foundation, we hosted Dinesh D'Souza who made a case for Trump. In his talk, he covered the origins of the Republican party and proved that it was the party of freedom and liberty that encapsulated the Trump movement. He explained that the parties switched due to FDR's New Deal and racism was rampant to the democratic party of the south. Throughout his speech, D'Souza highlighted that the Republican party stood on the right side of history and promoted self reliance. The Dinesh event was an incredible night and was live streamed on YAF as well. If you would like to watch the video, please click on the image.

Eeben Barlow

Febuary 2017

Due to the hard work of Myles Grantham, our club hosted the founder of Executive Outcome Eeben Barlow. The Lieutenant-colonel spoke about Africa and Boko Haram, which has been terrorizing the country side of Nigeria. Recently, Mr. Barlow was helping the government of Nigeria destroy the terrorist organization. He provided the club with a key information that allowed us to see the full picture.  Eeben has a great understanding of Africa and how to solve its problems. Without men like Mr. Barlow, Africa wouldn't be free from Tyranny; he is a true hero and a great friend of CUCR. We look forward to hosting him in the future.

Tommy Robinson

October 2016

With the help from Myles Grantham, CUCR hosted Tommy Robinson, the former member of the EDL and Quilliam. In his speech, Tommy addressed radical Islam in Europe and in the Middle East. He shared his story as it related to the police and how they targeted him and his family. With Tommy speaking over Skype, he gave an interesting perspective on religion and how it can be used to manipulate and hurt others. He warned America of the dangers of allowing these types of threats into the country. We thank Tommy for speaking to us and answering the tough questions that many attendees asked.

JP Miller

October 2016

During Voting Week, our club hosted JP Miller of Empire Report. During his talk, he discussed the rise of new media and the popularity of sites such as the drudge report. JP addressed that there was a change going on within demographics and the media companies themselves. He believes that the death of large newspapers is imminent. It was a pleasure to host JP.

Former Mayor of NYC Rudy Giuliani

March 2016

With the help of one of our executive board members, CUCR had the great pleasure to welcome back former Mayor of NYC Rudy Giuliani. In his talk, he discussed America's role within the world and its great responsibility to show the world America's values and keep it safe. He also spoke about his time in office as mayor. Giuliani discussed how he cleaned this city and made NYC safe for all its people. He played a key role in reforming the many parts of the city and changing its values. The event was one of the many highlights of the club and many students were thankful for his time.

Roger Stone

October 2014

CUCR had the lucky opportunity to host Roger Stone. Roger is a political operative and patriot that has been part of multiple winning campaigns. During his talk, he spoke about campaigning and his relationship with Richard Nixon. Without Mr. Stone, Bush wouldn't have won Florida and his second term as president. We look forward to hosting Roger in the future and we wish him best luck with his new best selling book.

Jim Gilchrist

October 2006

With hosting the founder of the Minute Men Project Jim Gilchrist, CUCR became the official republican and conservative club on campus. This event was the spark that started the conversation regarding border safety and free speech on campus. President Bollinger stated that he would introduce any speaker that will come to campus in order to protect freedom of speech. Without this event, CUCR wouldn't be the club that it is today. We pay homage to this event and hope to emulate those leaders of the past.

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