Battle of the Lectures

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As many of you may know, next Monday, May 4 at 8:00pm, Columbia will be host to two very different speakers. On the right we have Ann Coulter: social and political commentator, author, and die-hard republican. On the left we have Kate Bornstein: author, performing artist, gender theorist and BDSM expert. Invited on to campus by the College Republicans and the Columbia Conservative Forum, Coulter will be promoting her book, “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America”. Her latest work seeks to prove that liberals, who claim to be victimized by a ruthless republican machine of death, are in fact doing extensive damage to society and to themselves. She points an especially accusatory finger at single mothers, who cause irreparable harm to their children, who, in turn, disproportionately end up in prison. Conversio Virium, the student run, city-wide BDSM group on campus, invited Kate Bornstein to talk about her newest book, “Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws”, which promotes alternatives to suicide for all those contemporary outlaws who fall between the cracks of social normalcy. Her talk is scheduled for 9:00pm the same day, preceded by an 8:00 potluck dinner.

Are these two (in)famous figures aware of the other’s looming presence? In response to the overlapping booking, Bornstein’s twitter reads: “For the life of me I cannot fathom Ms Ann Coulter’s appeal to anyone. She is like a drag queen in reverse”. I don’t know if Coulter has responded, but as you can imagine Coulter’s potential presence on campus has created quite the hullabaloo among the queers. Nevertheless, Coulter will certainly produce the more high-profile event, as is the nature of controversy. And if anyone knows how to create a media frenzy, it’s Ann Coulter.

All I’m saying is that if Coulter and Bornstein got into a fight, Bornstein would win. Be sure to hit up at least one of these lectures.

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