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

There are no upcoming events at this time due to COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time due to COVID-19.

About The Mill Series

History

Named for John Stuart Mill, The Mill Series (TMS) is an annual set of public lectures and conversations held at Lafayette College. TMS was founded in February 2017 by assistant professor of Government and Law, Brandon Van Dyck. 

Mission

TMS 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.

Design

Our speakers are reputable scholars, opinion makers with large audiences, or leaders with large followings. Many are heterodox thinkers, presenting 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. 

Media and Publicity

Past Events (or see our YouTube channel)

  • Spencer Klavan on the 2020 election

    October 19, 2020

    A conversation with author and podcaster, Spencer Klavan

  • David Pakman with Lafayette students on the 2020 election

    October 13, 2020

    David Pakman is an independent political commentator and host of The David Pakman Show

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0

    October 6, 2020

    A presentation and Q&A with Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • Oswald Spengler and the Cycles of History

    September 10, 2020

    A presentation and Q&A with cultural critic, John David Ebert

  • Does God Need Politics?

    March 5, 2020

    A presentation and conversation with Sohrab Ahmari, columnist, editor, and author of nonfiction books

  • A conversation with Michael Brooks, host of the Michael Brooks Show

    February 27, 2020

  • True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities

    February 20, 2020

    A conversation and Q&A with journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, John Hechinger

  • Impeaching Trump: A Historical Comparison

    November 21, 2019

    A talk and Q&A with Matt Stoller, author and fellow at the Open Markets Institute

  • The Return of the Jewish Question: Anti-Semitism on the Left and Right

    November 13, 2019

    A talk and Q&A with veteran, journalist, and Tablet news editor, Jacob Siegel

  • My Journey with the Intellectual Dark Web

    October 30, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with David Fuller of Rebel Wisdom

  • Campus Free Speech Crisis? A Constructive Disagreement

    November 15, 2019

    A conversation between (and with) professors Jonathan Haidt and Jeffrey Sachs

  • The Rise of Jordan Peterson

    October 17, 2019

    A discussion with filmmakers Patricia Marcoccia and Maz Ghaderi

  • Why Liberalism Failed

    March 28, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Patrick Deneen

  • Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism

    March 12, 2019

    A debate between Yaron Brook and professor Sam Arnold

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

    October 18, 2018

    A debate between professors Matthew Kroenig and Andrew Coe

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

    November 27, 2018

    A presentation and discussion with Angus Johnston

  • What Explains Venezuela’s Economic Catastrophe?

    November 1, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Javier Corrales

  • Anti-Racism and Humanism: Two Competing Visions

    February 26, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with writer Coleman Hughes

  • Postmodernism: Philosophy and Politics

    September 13, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Stephen Hicks

  • A conversation and Q&A with professor Jordan Peterson

    March 29, 2018

  • Policing Speech: Radical Equality in the Classroom

    March 1, 2018

    A talk and Q&A with professor Lucía Martínez

  • The Victims of Socialism

    December 5, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with George Harbison

  • The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, and Islam

    November 14, 2017

    A conversation with author Douglas Murray

  • Why I Supported Trump

    September 21, 2017

    A conversation with YouTube commentator Lauren Chen (then known as Roaming Millennial)

  • Gender Issues in Ancient Art: Mother Goddesses, Queens, Hermaphrodites, and Beautiful Boys

    October 17, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Camille Paglia

  • Spencer Klavan on the 2020 election

    October 19, 2020

    A conversation with author and podcaster, Spencer Klavan

  • David Pakman with Lafayette students on the 2020 election

    October 13, 2020

    David Pakman is an independent political commentator and host of The David Pakman Show

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0

    October 6, 2020

    A presentation and Q&A with Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • Oswald Spengler and the Cycles of History

    September 10, 2020

    A presentation and Q&A with cultural critic, John David Ebert

  • Does God Need Politics?

    March 5, 2020

    A presentation and conversation with Sohrab Ahmari, columnist, editor, and author of nonfiction books

  • A conversation with Michael Brooks, host of the Michael Brooks Show

    February 27, 2020

  • True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities

    February 20, 2020

    A conversation and Q&A with journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, John Hechinger

  • Impeaching Trump: A Historical Comparison

    November 21, 2019

    A talk and Q&A with Matt Stoller, author and fellow at the Open Markets Institute

  • The Return of the Jewish Question: Anti-Semitism on the Left and Right

    November 13, 2019

    A talk and Q&A with veteran, journalist, and Tablet news editor, Jacob Siegel

  • My Journey with the Intellectual Dark Web

    October 30, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with David Fuller of Rebel Wisdom

  • Campus Free Speech Crisis? A Constructive Disagreement

    November 15, 2019

    A conversation between (and with) professors Jonathan Haidt and Jeffrey Sachs

  • The Rise of Jordan Peterson

    October 17, 2019

    A discussion with filmmakers Patricia Marcoccia and Maz Ghaderi

  • Why Liberalism Failed

    March 28, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Patrick Deneen

  • Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism

    March 12, 2019

    A debate between Yaron Brook and professor Sam Arnold

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

    October 18, 2018

    A debate between professors Matthew Kroenig and Andrew Coe

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

    November 27, 2018

    A presentation and discussion with Angus Johnston

  • What Explains Venezuela’s Economic Catastrophe?

    November 1, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Javier Corrales

  • Anti-Racism and Humanism: Two Competing Visions

    February 26, 2019

    A presentation and Q&A with writer Coleman Hughes

  • Postmodernism: Philosophy and Politics

    September 13, 2018

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Stephen Hicks

  • A conversation and Q&A with professor Jordan Peterson

    March 29, 2018

  • Policing Speech: Radical Equality in the Classroom

    March 1, 2018

    A talk and Q&A with professor Lucía Martínez

  • The Victims of Socialism

    December 5, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with George Harbison

  • The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, and Islam

    November 14, 2017

    A conversation with author Douglas Murray

  • Why I Supported Trump

    September 21, 2017

    A conversation with YouTube commentator Lauren Chen (then known as Roaming Millennial)

  • Gender Issues in Ancient Art: Mother Goddesses, Queens, Hermaphrodites, and Beautiful Boys

    October 17, 2017

    A presentation and Q&A with professor Camille Paglia

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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