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Anti-porn speaker coming to UW-L following porn star lecture

Brad Williams

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An anti-pornography speaker is scheduled to appear at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Thursday night, three months after a lecture by a former porn star caused an uproar on and off the campus. 

When Chancellor Joe Gow was criticized for inviting Nina Hartley to speak at the university in November, he had said he would invite a different speaker to talk against pornography. 

The program by ‘Fight the New Drug’ was scheduled weeks ago. 

Speaker Parker Hymas is scheduled to talk tonight at 8 p.m. at the UW-L student union.  

The Hartley appearance had not been publicized off-campus.

Gow was reprimanded by the UW System president for inviting Hartley, and the board of regents cancelled Gow’s scheduled pay raise as a result.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Lizbeth Amanni

    February 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    My take on these porn speakers is that two people with opposite agendas will attempt to persuade you of their point of view, but with few facts.
    Since we pass thru Vegas on occasion, on business in CA, we see the smirky way porn and prostitution is presented. They use soft words to conceal the reality, similar to how gambling is now just ‘gaming’, and electric cigs are merely ‘vaping’, both soft words concealing a grittier reality. The reality here is that the prostitute profession has the highest death rate per thousand of any profession. Disease and abuse are rampant. I would support the real world portrayal of this activity if facts are the basis of the lecture. As it is, UWL tried to book an apologist and then someone who has a religious agenda. At least with proven facts, the students can ask meaningful questions. The first way, without facts, there would be no fact checking to question. Thanks Liz Here is just one site with proven numbers: https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/prostitution-in-the-united-states-30997

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