The California Review Hosts Successful Debate

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

On March 7, the California Review, in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, hosted a debate between Dinesh D’Souza & Dan Barker on the question “Is Religion the Problem?” The debate was presented courtesy of Grantor Don Daniels, of Rancho Santa Fe, and moderated by Radio Host Mark Larson. The debate was also co-sponsored by the College Republicans at UCSD and Christians United for Israel at UCSD, who assisted with on-campus publicity.

After a month of navigating the UCSD bureaucracy, the event proved to be a huge success, generating more than 800 people and packing the Price Center West Ballrooms.

After an engaging back and forth debate over the nature and existence of God, Mr. D’Souza and Mr. Barker engaged in a book signing and were kind enough to pose with the staff of the California Review.

Mr. D’Souza has had a long history of working with the California Review and he served as a contributor to the California Review for several years in the 1980’s. In a “Letter to the Editor,” Mr. D’Souza, who was the Editor of the Dartmouth Review, wrote “Keep it up. Don’t let the paunchy, warty, snarling, hypocritical, jowly, racist, liberals get you down.”

In recent years, two of our alumni have worked for him while they were staffers of the California Review.

The friendly and lengthy relationship of the California Review and Mr. D’Souza will continue to thrive for years to come. Video from the debate will be made available soon.



  1. I just learned of this debate from WSCAL, and am looking for a recording. Any idea if that video exists yet?

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