Quillette Podcast 12 – Speeches by Claire Lehmann, Jamie Kilstein, Michael Shermer, Jonathan Kay, Christina Hoff Sommers and Toby Young

Listen to highlights from the speeches made at Quillette‘s party in Toronto by Quillette founder Claire Lehmann, stand-up comic Jamie Kilstein, Skeptic editor Michael Shermer, Quillette‘s Canadian editor Jonathan Kay, author and philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers and Quillette‘s associate editor Toby Young. Thanks to Holding Space Films for supplying us with the audio.


  1. I don’t understand. Episode 12 in your podcast-player is a talk with Jordan Peterson, the Speeches you are referring to in the article, I got no clue where to find them. Did you guys mislabel that?

  2. Heike says

    We demand transcripts. Transcriptors are cheap and easy to find on the internet.

  3. Chris Milburn says

    I was there in TO and listened to the speeches (as well as possible given:)
    It was shocking that there were so many people talking (loudly) in their groups, and not listening at all to these speakers (I had made a trip from Nova Scotia partly to attend this event and listen to the speakers)
    It was interesting to me as well that there were hardly any grey-haired folks talking and not listening. It was the young (hipster cell phone generation) who seemed to be so enamoured of their own thoughts that it wasn’t important to them to try to listen to the people we had come to listen to.
    I don’t actually give a **** whether or not they listened, but I do care that they were talking so loudly that it was very hard for the rest of us to follow the speeches.
    So a request for the Quillette organizers. If you’re going to do a similar event again, please ask people to leave the hall if they don’t want to listen. That’s fine, I’m all about free speech and freedom to ignore speakers. I’m totally against disrupting other people’s opportunities to hear people speak.
    Thanks for all you do, and I hope this can be better done next time.

  4. Yes, the party was noisy and people talked loudly and a lot. But this was not an academic gathering or a panel. It was a pep rally, where like-minded people could actually discover each other and go home and act with confidence that they are not alone. I was probably the oldest person there and there is little doubt that the youngsters of Toronto and nearby Canada would be the majority. Travelling in winter anywhere is risky and expensive. But I was comforted by the fact that I was
    given the opportunity to be witness to a new movement and a new consciousness. All of us need
    pep talks now and then, and we will always need allies. Quillette is taking on an important role not only in facilitating free speech and dissent but in creating a new community that has the potential to be a global force. Having said that, I”d like to suggest that the next Meetup be in NYC so I don’t have to spend so much money to attend! There are lots of people waiting for Quillette in NYC.
    Meanwhile, I am promoting Quillette regularly to all my friends, colleagues and contacts. It is a daily breath of fresh air that tells me I am not alone and that there is hope. It’s debilitating to only experience anger and frustration. Quillette provides the boosts to our deepest hopes and principles.(When was the last time you heard that word?)PS why do I need that http:// before the www?)

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