Maine College Republican Chairman Nathaniel Walton Speaks on Academic Freedom Successes in Maine, 03 · 08 March 2006

Filed under: Maine, Press Coverage

Release No. 06-11
Contact: Oliver Wolf, (412) 760-5482

For Immediate Release: Maine College Student Invited as Speaker at "Restoration Weekend" Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Maine College Republican Chairman Nathaniel Walton Speaks on Academic Freedom Successes in Maine

AUGUSTA - Maine College Republican Chairman Nathaniel Walton was an invited speaker at "Restoration Weekend," a four-day conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC) this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. Walton spoke before an audience of over 250 conference guests and dignitaries about the numerous successes the academic freedom movement has achieved statewide in Maine.

Restoration Weekend brings together policymakers, national figures and conservative activists from around the nation. The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), a non-profit group based in Los Angeles, California. The President of CSPC is the nation's leading academic freedom advocate and bestselling author David Horowitz, who was an invited guest of the Maine College Republicans at the University of Maine and Bates College last September.

Restoration Weekend speakers, panelists and awardees included former Attorneys General Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft, U.S. Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jim Bunning (R-KY), U.S. Representatives Jeff Flake (R-AZ), J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Curt Weldon (R-PA), Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R-MO), former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report, Bill Sammon of The Washington Times, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC, David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU) and Sandy Froman, President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), among others.

"I was honored by the opportunity to speak at Restoration Weekend and inform conservative leaders from across the country of the great strides the academic freedom movement has achieved in Maine," stated Chairman Walton (Bates '08). "The academic freedom movement under David Horowitz's able leadership has sparked a nationwide dialogue on one of the most important issues of our time: the intellectual solvency of the next generation," Walton remarked.

"America's colleges and universities should not be a place for righteous ideologues' indoctrination of young minds but rather a marketplace of ideas and a forum for intellectual pluralism. This is a difficult campaign; however, with the leadership of Mr. Horowitz and his supporters attending Restoration Weekend, I am confident right will ultimately prevail," Walton concluded.

Intellectual diversity and academic freedom have become increasingly important issues of debate in Maine over the last year. In March 2005, 13 Maine College Republicans testified in favor of LD 1194, "An Act to Create an Academic Bill of Rights," at the State House in Augusta. Last May, the Bates College student government unanimously endorsed similar legislation, which was also later considered by the University of Maine-Farmington and University of Southern Maine. And last month, the Bowdoin College student government endorsed a declarative statement supporting the creation of an Academic Bias Incident Group.

Chairman Walton is available for interviews/further comments about his speech at Restoration Weekend and the successes of the academic freedom movement in Maine. He can be reached by telephone at (207) 240-4549 or by e-mail at chairman@mainecr.org.

For more information on the Maine College Republicans, please visit the organization's website at http://www.mainecr.org.

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Oliver Wolf
Communications Director
Maine College Republicans
746 Bates College
Lewiston, ME 04240-6068
(412) 760-5482 (Mobile)