Debate: Should Academic DEI Programs Be Abolished?

by Adam Smith Society


Tue, Apr 4, 2023

7:30 PM – 9 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Wong Auditorium

70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs are among the most hot-button issues in higher education. With the support of the MIT Free Speech Alliance, on April 4, the Adam Smith Society is hosting an Oxford Union-style debate on the following proposition: “Resolved, that academic DEI programs should be abolished.”

Heather Mac Donald, a Manhattan Institute fellow, and Patanjali (Pat) Kambhampati, a chemistry professor at McGill University, are arguing in favor of the proposition. Pamela Denise Long, a freelance writer and adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University, and Karith Foster, founder of INVERSITYTM Solutions, are arguing against the proposition. Nadine Strossen, professor emerita at New York Law School and former president of the ACLU, is serving as moderator. The debate begins at 7:30 pm ET in Wong Auditorium (E51-115). Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 pm in the adjoining foyer.

For those unable to attend in person, the debate will be livestreamed on the Alumni Free Speech Alliance's YouTube channel. You can access the livestream using this link. Please do not register to attend the event if you plan on watching the livestream.

Neither the Adam Smith Society nor the MIT Free Speech Alliance takes an official position on the debate proposition. Rather, our goal is to provide a model of vigorous yet civil discussion for both the MIT community and the wider public. We hope that you will join us in this endeavor.

Note: Those without a SloanGroups account can register for the debate by selecting the "RSVP (Non-COVID PASS SOs, Guests)" option and creating a first-time user guest account.
Food Provided (Light refreshments)


Wong Auditorium

70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States


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Heather Mac Donald

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of When Race Trumps Merit.

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Patanjali (Pat) Kambhampati

Patanjali (Pat) Kambhampati is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University, where he does research on ultrafast laser science and materials science.

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Pamela Denise Long

Pamela Denise Long is a Newsweek contributor, adjunct faculty, CEO of Youthcentrix®, and doctoral-prepared implementation consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

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Karith Foster

Karith Foster is the founder of INVERSITYTM Solutions and a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Specialist.

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Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School and past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), is a Senior Fellow with FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights and Education) and a leading expert and frequent speaker/media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She serves on the advisory boards of the ACLU, Academic Freedom Alliance, Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), Heterodox Academy, National Coalition Against Censorship, and the University of Austin.

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