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The Aurea Foundation is a charitable foundation set up in
Toronto by Peter and Melanie Munk. Peter Munk, who passed
away in March 2018 at the age of 90, was the founder of Barrick
Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company. Since 2008 the
charity has been hosting the semi-annual Munk Debates, which have been
broadcast on CBC Radio’s Ideas program as well as CPAC, the BBC and
C-SPAN. The Munk Debates are also available online at <www.munk
debates.com>. If you have a couple of hours to spare we recommend that
you take a look at the May 18, 2018 debate where the following motion was
moved: “Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress …”
The ellipsis is in the original. We are not sure why …
Arguing for the motion—well, pausing here for a moment, perhaps more
accurately sometimes arguing for the motion while they were not otherwise
lost in the weeds or dodging the topic altogether—were Michael Eric Dyson
and Michelle Goldberg.
Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington,
D.C., is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He became an ordained Baptist
minister at the age of 19 and later obtained his Ph.D. in religion from Princeton.
Dyson wrote Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X and
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. In the
latter, Dyson explores the “failure in race and class relations” in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina. In addition to being an author and an academic, Dyson
is a regular television guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Goldberg is a journalist and regular columnist for The Daily Beast, Slate
and The New York Times. She hails from Buffalo, New York and was educated
at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of
California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Goldberg is the author
of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and The Means of
Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World.