- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Georgetown University is demanding members of the College Republicans edit a video posted on YouTube that showed liberal students protesting Christina Hoff Sommers‘ lecture earlier this month.

Lauren Gagliardi, the school’s assistant director for the center for student engagement, emailed two members of the group saying the video needed to be edited “asap” to remove “students who did not give permission to be taped,” Campus Reform reported.

“If they are unwilling or unresponsive to the request, Georgetown will need to step in,” Ms. Gagliardi said in the email.

Ms. Sommers, an equity feminist from the conservative American Enterprise Institute, spoke April 16 at the Georgetown event, which was organized by the school’s College Republicans and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute (CBLPI). Feminist students protested her appearance, claiming Ms. Sommers is a rape-denialist and offered students an alternative “safe space” location during the event, Campus Reform reported.

One of the feminists described Ms. Sommers as “an extremist anti-feminist speaker that dismisses and denies survivors of sexual assault and the real harm of rape culture.”



CBLPI lecture director Laurel Conrad wrote in a Monday blog post that the group has no plans to edit the video.

“While many universities are accustomed to bullying students until they bend to a leftwing point of view, a conservative women’s organization named after the courageous Clare Boothe Luce is not impressed or moved by such bullying,” she wrote for Legal Insurrection.

“I am surprised to hear that Georgetown University wants the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute to edit the video,” CBLPI Founder and President Michelle Easton told Campus Reform. “Once a video is uploaded to YouTube, we can’t edit it. Could it be that the University is trying to conceal the embarrassing behavior and declarations of its feminist students at our lecture? Dr. Sommers‘ lecture was a public event, and the camera was in plain view. Surely the University understands that.”

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