“The Donald showed up on campus. There was no big, active protest, no shout-down, no juvenile antics, just a free exchange of ideas. Yes, this took place at a college in the United States of America last week. You may have given up hope that free speech still exists at any American college or university, given the University of Missouri and other campus disruptions recently,” according to American Thinker’s Fran Fawcett Peterson in her op-ed.
“Friday, November 20, the Republican front-runner attracted a polite, standing-room-only crowd of 3,500 as part of the Hipp Lecture Series, made possible by Wofford alumnus and American Defense International Chairman Van Hipp. The event is part of The Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum focusing on international affairs and national security. Ben Carson arrives on campus December 2,” Ms. Peterson noted in her news story.
Before it went co-ed in 1972, Wofford was a Southern Gentleman’s Ivy College attracting top students, who wore suits and ties to class. The professors were poor but devoted and keenly aware of South Carolina’s many battles for our Declaration of Independence and freedom. The sister school, Converse College, just blocks away, attracted the best female students. Today, Spartanburg is also home to the University of South Carolina Upstate, two junior colleges, a chiropractic college, and the Edward Via College of Medicine. Spartanburg is definitely a college town.
Founded in 2011, the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security is designed to create signature events at Wofford College. The goal of these events is to capture the attention of students and the public, and draw them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. The lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr. ’82, who is personally involved in the selection of each speaker, along with Dr. William DeMars and his committee of faculty colleagues.
All Hipp Lectures on International Affairs and National Security are designed to be ongoing learning experiences that stay with Wofford students and faculty long after the events are over. Once a speaker has been chosen, faculty in the Department of Government at Wofford research events related to the lecture the speaker will give, and readings, videos and small group discussions with the speaker are incorporated into the classroom in several departments.