EXCLUSIVE: 37 Marxist Arizona State University Honors Faculty Members Sign Petition Against Robert Kiyosaki, Dennis Prager, And Charlie Kirk Speaking On Campus – PETITION AND NAMES INCLUDED

EXCLUSIVE: 37 Marxist Arizona State University Honors Faculty Members Sign Petition Against Robert Kiyosaki, Dennis Prager, And Charlie Kirk Speaking On Campus – PETITION AND NAMES INCLUDED

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Members of the radical left faculty at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College have organized a petition against an event featuring Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author and PragerU founder Dennis Prager, and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.

The event is scheduled to be hosted on February 8 at the ASU Gammage Auditorium and will feature a panel discussion surrounding “solutions to the human pursuit of health, wealth, and happiness.”

Tickets for this event are available online!

Students will receive free admission at the box office upon presenting their high school, college, trade school, or community college student ID.

The mere existence of these speakers on ASU’s campus has already sparked outrage among Marxist faculty members and students at the college.

As reported by ASU’s student-run propaganda rag, Arizona State Press,

The T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett, The Honors College is hosting an event titled “Health, Wealth and Happiness” on Feb. 8 at ASU Gammage headlined by controversial political figures Dennis Prager, Charlie Kirk and embattled personal financial guru Robert Kiyosaki.

The Barrett-sponsored event sparked debate online, in the classroom and around campus when information was posted to Twitter on Jan. 26 about the ethics of opinion inclusivity and has raised questions among faculty about Barrett’s commitment to upholding its values.

In response, Barrett faculty organized a petition to disassociate the event from the honors college. The petition has been signed by 37 out of 47 Barrett faculty members as of Feb. 2.

ASU Barrett faculty affiliate Irina Levin told the paper, “I do not think that the decision to host these speakers at ASU’s premier venue is in congruence with Barrett’s principles as an institution.”

The Gateway Pundit exclusively obtained a copy of the “letter from Barrett faculty concerning the TW Lewis Center event ‘Health, Wealth, and Happiness’” signed by rogue faculty at ASU Barrett, addressed to Barrett Dean Tara Williams, and shared with students. In the letter, scheduled speakers are labeled “white nationalist provocateurs,” and their viewpoints are labeled “bigoted and anti-democratic,” “anti-intellectual,” and “The Big Lie.”

The letter cites George Soros-connected Media Matters and other left-wing sources for their slanderous attacks on the conservative speakers.

Professor April Miller, who appears to be spearheading the cancelation of these incredible speakers, sent the following letter to students, expressing her opposition and accusing the speakers of “spreading: hateful rhetoric that is harmful to many marginalized communities; anti-public education platforms; and health/medical disinformation.”

Miller also used her public Twitter account to call the event “an outrageous embarrassment” and accuse ASU of selling its soul for “money over ethics, donors before students.”

Other signatories of the petition, including Faculty Chair and Honors Faculty Fellow Jennifer Brian and Honors Faculty Fellow Alex Young, have used their Twitter platform to push disinformation and denounce the event. They are likely helping to lead this protest against free speech on campus.

The full letter states,

Letter from Barrett faculty concerning the TW Lewis Center event “Health, Wealth, and Happiness”

February 1, 2023

Dear Dean Williams,

We, the undersigned Barrett faculty, write to condemn the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness” event the TW Lewis Center for Personal Development is scheduled to host on February 8th, 2023, and to express a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the Lewis Center. We do not take this position lightly, as all of us believe Barrett should be a place where our students encounter a broad diversity of voices and viewpoints. This event marks the culmination of a long history of choices made by the leadership of the Lewis Center, the sum of which demonstrate a vision for the center that runs contrary to the core values of the Barrett community.

While we applaud and support the work our faculty colleagues have performed in developing the Lewis Center’s academic curriculum (often in spite of the Lewis Center leadership’s efforts to curtail their academic freedom), our concerns about the intellectual value of Lewis Center’s public programming are long standing. We have objected to speakers brought to campus to promote topics ranging from demonstrably fraudulent “speed reading” methods to anti-scientific claims about affective medicine that do not reflect the commitment to critical thinking central to Barrett’s education mission. Our concerns with the appearance of Robert Kiyosaki, whose key claims in his bestselling book have been widely debunked and whose public speaking engagements on wealth generation have been exposed as sales schemes, at the 2/8 event are in this vein.

Our objections to two of the scheduled speakers at the “Health, Wealth and Happiness” event, however, exceed those previous worries by an order of magnitude. Dennis Prager and Charlie Kirk are purveyors of hate who have publicly attacked women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, as well as the institutions of our democracy, including our public institutions of higher education. By platforming and legitimating their extreme anti-intellectual and anti-democratic views, Barrett will not be furthering the cause of democratic exchange at ASU, but undermining it in ways that could further marginalize the most vulnerable members of our community.

While their national media profiles are familiar to most, beneath our signatures we have compiled some of Prager and Kirk’s most recent bigoted and anti-democratic public positions. Rather than rehearse those positions at length, we would like to pose several questions regarding the choice to host these speakers:

  • How are Barrett faculty to provide a welcoming community for our LGBTQ students when we are hosting speakers who regularly employ anti-trans slurs on air and have suggested that gay people are incapable of thinking “as a person”?
  • How can Barrett claim to prepare students for democratic citizenship when we are inviting speakers who regularly attack our democracy, promoting “the big lie” about the 2020 election, and, in the case of Kirk, pleading the fifth when questioned by congress about his role organizing the January Sixth Insurrection?

We hope to hear from you soon regarding this urgently important matter. Our collective efforts to promote Barrett as a home for inclusive excellence demand that we distance ourselves from the hate that these provocateurs hope to legitimate by attaching themselves to Barrett’s name.


Abby Loebenberg

Abby Wheatley

Adam Rigoni

Alex Young

April Miller

Benjamin Fong

Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara

Dagmar Van Engen

David Agruss

Don Fette

Elizabeth Meloy

Gabriella Soto

Georgette Briggs

Irina Levin

Jacquie Scott

Jennifer Brian

John Lynch

Joseph Foy

Joseph O’Neil

Laura Jakubczak

Laurie Stoff

Lisa Barca

Mathew Sandoval

Matthew Voorhees

Michael Ostling

Mina Suk

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

Peter Schmidt

Phillip Cortes

Rachel Fedock

Rebecca Soares

Robert Mack

Sarah Graff

Taylor Hines

Resources and Links

Dennis Prager:

On racial justice:

On the LGBTQ Community:

On women’s rights:

On democracy:

On public health:

Charlie Kirk:

On racial justice:

On the LGBTQ Community:

On women’s rights:

On democracy:

On public health:

On higher education in America:

It appears that more names were recently added to the petition, as reported by ASU’s State Press.

Leftist faculty and Students also flocked to attack @barretthonors’ tweet about this event.

This goes against ASU’s claims of being “an exemplar when it comes to our commitment to free speech.”

ASU President Michael Crow released a statement in November 2019, communicating, “we can share thoughts and ideas without repressing the thoughts and ideas of others. We can speak and behave in ways that serve to inform and enlighten without threatening or intimidating others. We can and should learn from perspectives different from our own.” He continued, “ASU is committed to free, robust and uninhibited sharing of ideas among all members of the university community and we strive to provide an environment that fosters the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression.”

“I am proud that ASU has been noted as an exemplar when it comes to our commitment to free speech,” Crow finished. 

No known statements have been made in support of free speech and intellectual freedom in light of this petition. Where is Michael Crow?

This is a developing story.

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