Conservative columnist Walter Williams speaks on campus

Williams is the author of “America: A Minority Viewpoint” and backup host for Rush Limbaugh Show | March 16, 2004

Walter E. Williams, the popular conservative columnist and backup host for the Rush Limbaugh show, spoke at Xavier on Tuesday, March 23.

The Xavier college Republicans club sponsored Williams’ appearance with the financial backing of an anonymous donor who provided the funding needed to meet Williams’ speaking fee.

“Williams is a self-made man with a strong voice on many different diversity issues on college campuses,” says Colleen Heister, chairman of Xavier’s college Republicans.

Heister says she wanted Xavier students to experience a strong conservative voice on campus, especially on issues that college students can relate to. Williams has spoken on many college campuses about various diversity issues, she says. The move to bring Williams to campus was partly in response to the appearance last fall of ultra-liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.

Williams, whose weekly column is published in 160 national newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, addressed the topic, “How much can discrimination explain?” The talk was in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center.

Williams teaches economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from California State University, and Master of Arts and doctorate degrees in economics from UCLA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctors of Law from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctor Honoris Causa en Ciencias Sociales from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, in Guatemala.

Williams is also known for his regular commentaries on “The Nightly Business Report” and has authored six books and more than 80 publications in scholarly journals and popular magazines such as Newsweek and Reader’s Digest. He has appeared on radio and televised broadcast programs including “Nightline” and “Face the Nation.”

At George Mason University, Williams is the recipient of the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics honor and has served as chairman of the economics department for several years.