April 17, 2006

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter '84 to speak May 7

Syndicated columnist, commentator, attorney and best-selling author Ann Coulter '84 will visit Cornell for a talk sure to please conservatives and confound liberals, May 7 at 6 p.m. in Statler Auditorium. Ticket holders for the postponed April 24 appearance will be admitted first at 5 p.m., and any available seats will be given to non-ticket holders at 5:40 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.cornellrepublicans.org.

Coulter, who writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate and is a legal correspondent for Human Events magazine, is a self-described polemicist known for her controversial, right-wing viewpoints and her unapologetic demonization of liberal politics, feminism, Democratic Party members and policies, environmentalists and Muslims.

"I like to stir up the pot. I don't pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do," she said in 2002.

"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact," she said in a 2003 interview.

"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now," she wrote in her 2002 book, "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right."

Her colorful, inflammatory style has made her a well-known figure on television talk shows and the subject of a Time magazine cover story in April 2005. She once tangled on-air with Katie Couric after calling the NBC "Today" anchor the "affable Eva Braun of morning TV."

Her other books include "Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism" and "How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter." Her newest book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," will be published in June.

Coulter graduated cum laude from Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, and she helped launch the conservative newspaper, the Cornell Review. She also edited the law review at University of Michigan Law School and has practiced law with the public interest firm the Center for Individual Rights and has worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee on crime and immigration issues.

Free tickets for Coulter's talk will be available beginning at 8 a.m. April 18 at the Willard Straight Hall Art Gallery, with a limit of two tickets per person with a Cornell ID. No large bags or backpacks, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the auditorium. For ticket availability after April 18, see http://www.cornellamerican.com or contact Michael Hint at meh26@cornell.edu.

Coulter's talk is funded in part by the student activity fee and is sponsored by the Cornell College Republicans, The Cornell American, TRIAD Foundation, the Bartels family, Young America's Foundation, the Cornell University Program Board, Cornell's Department of Government, and the Offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vice President for Student and Academic Services and the Dean of Students.