Controversial speaker David Horowitz to visit LHU

David Horowitz

LOCK HAVEN — Ideologue David Horowitz will visit Lock Haven University to give a presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in Parsons Union Building’s Room 2.

The subject of his presentation will be, “Identity Politics are Dangerous and Totalitarian.”

Described as a radical leftist who turned conservative, Horowitz is the son of Jewish high school teachers who were long-standing members of the American Communist Party and supports of Joseph Stalin until the release of the Khrushchev report in 1956.

In the late 1960s, after completing his Masters in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, Horowitz worked for the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and identified as a Marxist.

From there, his path took the right fork, rejecting Marx and socialism through the 1970s, before beginning to speak and write on his conservative views in 1985.

Much of his conservative work has focused on issues of political correctness and, in his view, extreme liberalism on college campuses — this includes a pamphlet which asserts that “Democrats outnumber Republicans at 32 schools by more than 10 to 1,” according to a April 2004 article in The Washington Times.

Horowitz has also attacked college campuses as using political bias when hiring faculty or grading exams, as well as individual professors for a perceived emphasis on indoctrination instead of education.

This visit is being sponsored by Young America’s Foundation, Young Americans for Liberty, and the Lock Haven Department of Sociology. For questions, contact Noah Ellison at nce960@lockhaven.edu.

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