Promoting viewpoint diversity at Lafayette College

 

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.”

John Stuart Mill
Promoting viewpoint diversity at Lafayette College.

 

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.”

John Stuart Mill

Upcoming Events

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 7:00 pm, Pardee 102B

    A presentation and Q&A with Alex Epstein, founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress

  • Debating the IDW

    Date, time, and location to be determined

    A conversation with journalist, author, and editor Cathy Young and other guests (to be determined)

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 7:00 pm, Pardee 102B

    A presentation and Q&A with Alex Epstein, founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress

  • Debating the IDW

    Date, time, and location to be determined

    A conversation with journalist, author, and editor Cathy Young and other guests (to be determined)

About The Mill Series

History

Named for John Stuart Mill, The Mill Series is an annual set of lectures and public conversations held at Lafayette College. The Mill Series was founded in February 2017 by Abdul Manan, Class of 2018, and Brandon Van Dyck, Assistant Professor of Government and Law. 

Mission

The Mill Series advocates the free exchange of honest ideas but is otherwise non-partisan and apolitical. We seek to promote greater viewpoint diversity at Lafayette College, believing that genuine and unfettered dialogue between political and ideological opponents is necessary for the pursuit of truth and the intellectual and characterological development of students. Click here to read Brandon’s blog post publicizing The Mill Series on the Heterodox Academy website.

Design

Our speakers are reputable scholars, opinion makers with large audiences, or leaders with large followings. They come to present and discuss viewpoints that (1) are rarely defended, authentically, in university classrooms and at campus events; (2) can be reasonably defended, in our estimation; and (3) are, or may become, socially widespread or politically influential. We encourage attendees to consider our speakers’ claims with careful, open minds, to assess them critically and rigorously, and to discuss and incorporate them respectfully and thoughtfully. 

Past Events (or see our YouTube channel)

  • Why Liberalism Failed

    March 28, 2019

    A lecture and Q&A with Patrick Deneen, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame

  • Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism

    March 14, 2019

    A debate and Q&A with Yaron Brook, chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Sam Arnold, professor of political science at Texas Christian University

  • Anti-Racism and Humanism: Two Competing Visions

    February 26, 2019

    A conversation and Q&A with Coleman Hughes, student at Columbia University and author for Quillette

  • Who Deserves a Platform? A Skeptical Response to The Mill Series

    November 27, 2018

    A conversation with Angus Johnston, adjunct assistant professor of history at Hostos Community College (CUNY)

  • What Explains Venezuela’s Economic Catastrophe?

    November 1, 2018

    A presentation by Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College

  • Was Trump Right to Pull Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    October 18, 2018

    A conversation with Matthew Kroenig and Andrew Coe, professors of political science at Georgetown and Vanderbilt Universities

     

     

  • Postmodernism: Philosophy and Politics

    September 13, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with Stephen Hicks, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University

  • A Conversation with Jordan Peterson

    March 29, 2018

    A conversation with Jordan Peterson, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto

  • Lucia Martinez, “Policing Speech: Radical Equality in the Classroom”

    March 1, 2018

    A conversation with Lucia Martinez, professor of humanities and English at Reed College

  • George Harbison, “The Victims of Socialism”

    December 15, 2017, Dec. 5, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with George Harbison, senior financial executive and columnist for Forbes and RealClearMarkets

  • Douglas Murray, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, and Islam”

    November 14, 2017

    A discussion with Douglas Murray, British best-selling author, journalist, and political commentator

  • Camille Paglia, “Gender Issues in Ancient Art”

    October 17, 2017

    A lecture and Q&A with Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

    (Here are links to Paglia’s lecture and Paglia’s lecture plus the full Q&A.)

  • Roaming Millennial discusses her support for Trump in the 2016 general election

    September 21, 2017

    A Conversation and Q&A with Roaming Millennial, YouTube commentator with over 200,000 subscribers

    (Here are links to Roaming Millennial’s response video and an abridged version of the full event edited by Roaming Millennial.)

  • Is Mass Immigration Bad for Europe?

    March 8, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Prof. Katalin Fabian and Anonymous Student

  • Do Colleges Presume Guilt in Sexual Assault Cases? (Highlights)

    May 3, 2017

    A Lecture and Q&A with Prof. KC Johnson

    (Here is a link to the [very long] full event.)

  • Is Racism Disappearing in America? (Highlights)

    April 18, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Brandon and Prof. Wendy Wilson-Fall

    (Here is a link to the entire event.)

  • Political Correctness and the Liberal Arts College

    April 25, 2017

    A Lecture and Q&A with Prof. Mitchell Langbert

  • Are Safe Spaces Bad for Students?

    February 14, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Profs. Jessica Carr and Katalin Fabian

  • Why Liberalism Failed

    March 28, 2019

    A lecture and Q&A with Patrick Deneen, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame

  • Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism

    March 14, 2019

    A debate and Q&A with Yaron Brook, chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Sam Arnold, professor of political science at Texas Christian University

  • Anti-Racism and Humanism: Two Competing Visions

    February 26, 2019

    A conversation and Q&A with Coleman Hughes, student at Columbia University and author for Quillette

  • Who Deserves a Platform? A Skeptical Response to The Mill Series

    November 27, 2018

    A conversation with Angus Johnston, adjunct assistant professor of history at Hostos Community College (CUNY)

  • What Explains Venezuela’s Economic Catastrophe?

    November 1, 2018

    A presentation by Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College

  • Was Trump Right to Pull Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    October 18, 2018

    A conversation with Matthew Kroenig and Andrew Coe, professors of political science at Georgetown and Vanderbilt Universities

     

     

  • Postmodernism: Philosophy and Politics

    September 13, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with Stephen Hicks, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University

  • A Conversation with Jordan Peterson

    March 29, 2018

    A conversation with Jordan Peterson, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto

  • Lucia Martinez, “Policing Speech: Radical Equality in the Classroom”

    March 1, 2018

    A conversation with Lucia Martinez, professor of humanities and English at Reed College

  • George Harbison, “The Victims of Socialism”

    December 15, 2017, Dec. 5, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with George Harbison, senior financial executive and columnist for Forbes and RealClearMarkets

  • Douglas Murray, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, and Islam”

    November 14, 2017

    A discussion with Douglas Murray, British best-selling author, journalist, and political commentator

  • Camille Paglia, “Gender Issues in Ancient Art”

    October 17, 2017

    A lecture and Q&A with Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

    (Here are links to Paglia’s lecture and Paglia’s lecture plus the full Q&A.)

  • Roaming Millennial discusses her support for Trump in the 2016 general election

    September 21, 2017

    A Conversation and Q&A with Roaming Millennial, YouTube commentator with over 200,000 subscribers

    (Here are links to Roaming Millennial’s response video and an abridged version of the full event edited by Roaming Millennial.)

  • Is Mass Immigration Bad for Europe?

    March 8, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Prof. Katalin Fabian and Anonymous Student

  • Do Colleges Presume Guilt in Sexual Assault Cases? (Highlights)

    May 3, 2017

    A Lecture and Q&A with Prof. KC Johnson

    (Here is a link to the [very long] full event.)

  • Is Racism Disappearing in America? (Highlights)

    April 18, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Brandon and Prof. Wendy Wilson-Fall

    (Here is a link to the entire event.)

  • Political Correctness and the Liberal Arts College

    April 25, 2017

    A Lecture and Q&A with Prof. Mitchell Langbert

  • Are Safe Spaces Bad for Students?

    February 14, 2017

    A Panel Discussion with Profs. Jessica Carr and Katalin Fabian

Donate

Why Donate to The Mill Series?

Your generous, tax-deductible contribution allows us to book high-quality, in-demand speakers, to publicize our events broadly, and to hire professional videographers so that we can share our content online, reach more people, and potentially inspire similar initiatives on other campuses. Fundamentally, your support helps to make Lafayette College more intellectually diverse and oriented toward the pursuit of truth, and to make Lafayette students tougher, wiser, and more rational, intellectually rigorous, open-minded and civil.

How To Donate

The Mill Series is an independent public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although The Mill Series’ chartered purpose is to advance the educational mission of Lafayette College, it is a separate legal entity, and thus, donations to The Mill Series are not donations to Lafayette College or to any of its departments or organizations. To donate to The Mill Series, you can make an online payment with your credit or debit card (click on the “Donate” button below), or you can write a check to “The Mill Series” and mail it to The Mill Series, PO Box 1269, Easton PA 18044. All donors will receive a receipt from The Mill Series with the date and amount of their contribution and the name and Tax Identification Number of The Mill Series. An independent accounting service will monitor and review all monetary transactions involving The Mill Series.





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  • Brandon Van Dyck, President

    brandonvandyck@gmail.com
    706.338.1383 (cell)

  • Saeed Malami, Student Director AY 2018-19

    malamisaeed@gmail.com
    646.689.3634 (cell)

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Brandon Van Dyck, President

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  • 706.338.1383 (cell)
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Saeed Malami, Student Director

  • malamisaeed@gmail.com
  • 646.689.3634 (cell)