Despite the mission of Scripps College to invite speakers having "opinions with which we may not agree [for] a better educational experience,” George Will has been uninvited from speaking at the upcoming Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, The Claremont Independent reports.
Will told the Independent that it was due to his comments about sexual assault on college campuses in a June 6 article for The Washington Post, although the all-women's college did not specifically name the reason. Will's article caused much controversy, even leading a women's rights group to deliver a petition with 87,000 signatures urging The Post to fire Will, accusing him of implying "women want to be raped."
“It was in the works and then it wasn’t in the works,” Will said. “They didn’t say that the column was the reason, but it was the reason.”
According to the Scripps website, speakers are chosen under the following criteria:
The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program…makes manifest her belief that a range of opinions about the world — especially opinions with which we may not agree, or think we do not agree — leads to a better educational experience.
Past speakers have included other notable conservatives including Charles Krauthammer, Newt Gingrich, Mary Matalin and Ben Stein.
Will informed the Independent that a member of the program's speaker selection committee, former president of the American Enterprise Institute Christopher DeMuth, resigned over the cancelation.
So far, a replacement speaker has not been announced.