ASU probe finds controversial speaking engagement revealed ‘no evidence’ of censorship

 The ASU Honors College announced a speaking engagement entitled “Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Kiera Riley 

Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona State University’s internal investigation into a controversial speaking engagement revealed “no evidence” of censorship by ASU faculty or administrators and found allegations by former director of the since shuttered host, the T.W. Lewis Center, were not “supported by the facts.”  

The university sent the 75-page report on the events surrounding an event featuring conservative speakers, Dennis Prager, of Prager U, and Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, to lawmakers per a request from a joint legislative ad hoc committee convened to review the controversy.  

According to the executive summary, the university “reviewed thousands of documents including emails, policies and websites and gathered information from university employees involved,” and hired an outside law firm to assist in the internal review.  

The controversy started in February when the T.W. Lewis Center at ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College announced a speaking engagement entitled “Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” featuring Kirk, Prager and Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad.  

In response to the event, more than 37 Barrett faculty signed a letter in opposition to it, calling Kirk and Prager “purveyors of hate” and expressing a vote of no confidence in Ann Atkinson.


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