Andrew Klavan spoke at the Searle Center on Tuesday night regarding the immorality and depravity of culture, as well as how to pro­claim truth in such a culture. Reagan Meyer | Col­legian

“In a world gone mad, we cannot be silent,” the Daily Wire’s Andrew Klavan told a packed Searle Center on Tuesday evening. Stu­dents, pro­fessors, and donors alike filled the seats to hear Klavan give his talk as this semester’s Eugene C. Pulliam Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fellow in Jour­nalism.

While Klavan is perhaps best known in con­ser­v­ative circles as the host of the “Andrew Klavan Show,” a podcast for the Daily Wire, he is also the author of a variety of novels and screen­plays. He focused his talk on American culture and the morality of that culture. Klavan covered topics ranging from racial injustice to abortion in his pre­sen­tation, and argued for the exis­tence of moral truth and good and evil.

Klavan encouraged his lis­teners to speak up for truth, even when the con­se­quences might be dif­ficult.

“If they outlaw truth, then outlaws we must become,” Klavan said. “We have to at least embrace the prin­ciple that truth is worth human sac­rifice so we can embrace the lesser sac­ri­fices.”

Assistant Pro­fessor of Phi­losophy Blake McAl­lister said he attended the talk because he is familiar with Klavan as a con­ser­v­ative influence and was curious to hear what he had to say.

“I haven’t lis­tened exten­sively to his podcast or any­thing like that,” McAl­lister said. “But it’s nice to see that one of the more popular con­ser­v­ative pod­casters actually is aware of the philo­sophical under­meanings of this par­ticular worldview and can be artic­ulate about them.”

Sophomore Connor Daniels said he appre­ciated Klavan’s approach to and pre­sen­tation of con­ser­v­ative prin­ciples.

“He’s a very good pre­senter, and one of the things he does extra­or­di­narily well is taking basic prin­ciples and explaining them in a way that’s clear, and in doing so, it’s per­suasive,” Daniels said. “He takes what might be con­ser­v­ative and lib­er­tarian problems with post-modern or neo-political dis­course, and he explains those starting from basic truths about human nature.”

McAl­lister said while Klavan covered many of the “gospel truths” of the con­ser­v­ative movement, he appre­ciated Klavan’s fresh approach in his pre­sen­tation.

“He’s iden­tified what is really at the core of the culture wars today, which is these more foun­da­tional meta­physical dis­agree­ments about objective morality or the moral uni­verse,” he said. “I think he’s right to go there. Without addressing those more fun­da­mental meta­physical dis­agree­ments, you can’t make sense of a lot of what’s going on.”

While some may see Klavan’s call to actions as melo­dra­matic, McAl­lister said he was glad Klavan raised that point.

“I think it should make stu­dents ask them­selves ‘what am I willing to risk for what I believe to be true?’” he said. “And that’s a big question. I’m glad that he raised that so stu­dents can begin preparing for that.”