Mr. Rosen noted that the program includes funding for guest speakers, meaning that the conservative scholar won't be the only voice that students hear from the right.
"Some conservatives have raised these objections, but what's the alternative?" said Mr. Rosen, who serves on the 10-member selection committee. "This is at least an effort to mitigate some of that problem. If there's going to be any progress at all, it's going to have to be done in stages."