Georgetown University student Mallory Carr and her Georgetown CR chapter coordinated a fantastic, standing-room-only CBLPI-sponsored lecture at the Georgetown on April 16, 2015, featuring Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, whose scholarship in the history and evolution of the feminist movement is widely recognized and respected. The title of her lecture was “What’s Right (and Badly Wrong) with Feminism?” (A video of the lecture is posted to the Luce Institute YouTube channel.)

“Also in attendance at the event were about a dozen student feminists,” wrote Luce Institute Lecture Director Laurel Conrad, “holding signs with slogans like “Trigger Warning: anti-feminism.” These students created a ‘Safe Space’ for faint of heart feminists who couldn’t bear the challenge of Dr. Sommers’ scholarship — a reaction that sparked a number of subsequent articles about the event:

Laurel Conrad posted an article, ‘Safe Spaces’ Are Unsafe for Free Exchange of Ideas, at Legal Insurrection in which she argued that ‘trigger warnings’ are just another way of saying “shut up.” “Why should the leftist students control the conversation,” she asked, “and keep out other perspectives?”

That might have been the end of it, but the fragile feminist weren’t finished. They complained to the university that they had been photographed and their questions videotaped, and they asked their images be removed from the YouTube video. Georgetown University officials emailed Mallory and her college club with the request to edit its video of the lecture, as Laurel Conrad explained in a follow-up Legal Insurrection article, Georgetown Demands Edits to Christina Hoff Sommers Video.

In an email, the assistant director for Georgetown’s Center for Student Engagement told the lecture student organizers that if CBLPI is “unwilling or unresponsive to the request, Georgetown will need to step in.”

This sparked another round of articles about the controversy:

We shall see where all this leads. In the meantime, here’s the video if you would like to judge the lecture for yourself: