Young Americans for Liberty at Usciences was excited to host the campus premiere of Can We Take A Joke on 4/28/16 as our first official event. A lot of work went into planning this event and getting it approved to show on campus. Fortunately, we were also able to reserve the best location on campus which is the campus auditorium. We wanted to make sure students were informed on the importance of free speech on college campuses.
The Dean of International Student Advising and Multicultural Affairs was also in attendance. We thought he would be uncomfortable or offended by the movie, but to our surprise, he approached our president when he was ready to leave and informed him that he really enjoyed the film. He said he would like to show it again on a bigger scale saying that he thinks this would be great for our campus community. He had informed us that a couple years prior, he invited a comedian to our campus who made a Muslim joke and offended a professor who later reported to the Dean and got him in trouble.
Pizza and chicken fingers were offered as well as free swag from YAL. Those who came to the screening had a great discussion afterwards. People seemed to really enjoy the film and signed up to join our chapter. Overall, the event was a great success and we look forward to having more events in the future.