Speakers will discuss cancel culture April 11 at Ripon College

“Cancel Culture: Accountability or Censorship?” will be presented April 11 at Ripon College. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall, on the Ripon College campus. The talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People.

The talk will focus on how cancel culture functions, how it interacts with the First Amendment, and what the consequences are for society. The speakers will be Nada Elmikashfi and Duke Pesta.

Elmikashfi is chief of staff for Wisconsin State Rep. Francesca Hong, a board member of 350 Wisconsin and a columnist for The Isthmus newspaper. She is co-chair of the Young Democrats of Wisconsin, 2nd Congressional District, and was appointed by the major of Madison to serve on the Sustainable Madison Committee, promoting and setting standards for sustainability. She also is chair and fellow of the Madison Chapter of NextGen America.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pesta is an associate professor of English at UW-Oshkosh and the academic director of FreedomProject Education.

He received his master’s degree in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges, on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. His book, The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values, was published by Routledge in 2016.

He speaks at home school conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including the necessity of homeschooling, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public schools, and myriad ways that colleges and universities indoctrinate students.

He has delivered more than 500 talks in 46 states on the dangers of Common Core and other educational topics, has testified about Common Core before a number of state legislatures, and participated in more than 3,000 radio, television and Skype interviews around the world.

He is active in educational reform and was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course for public high school students in Texas.

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