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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future

Our club never takes sides but our speakers do

Want to know more about the Badgers?

History? Who we are? How we decide on forums? Let us come tell you!

The Columbia Basin Badger Club is an exciting and vibrant organization dedicated to civil discourse

of the important topics of the day.  We pride ourselves in being non-partisan.  Our club never takes sides, but our speakers do, and the result is often a lively discussion that improves our understanding of the world around us.


Speakers at our monthly forums have spanned a wide range of ideas and opinions that have included legalization of marijuana, same sex marriage, and the proposals to remove the lower Snake River dams to name just a few. 

And our lineup of topics for 2017 promises to be just as stimulating and enlightening.

 Videos of Past Forums



Next Meeting:

Academic Freedom 


  When: Thursday June 22, 2017 

Where: 11:30am Richland Shilo Inn


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Cost:                                 Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30


What exactly is ‘academic freedom’? Who has it, in what circumstances, and why should we care?

In today’s political climate, the intersection of academic freedom and freedom of speech are murky. Historically contested, academic freedom is essential to the mission of scientific discovery that scholars should have the freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts without being targeted. The first amendment protects citizens from having their expression regulated. Even though these two concepts are related, they are important legal distinctions.

This forum will explore what is academic freedom, the intersections with free expression, and the aspects of public perception and image of an institution when faced with controversial or unpopular subjects


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And part of what makes this club so special is that members ask questions directly of our speakers and

can expect direct answers and a better understanding of the issue.

All our forums are open to the public and we invite everyone to join and share in the benefits that the club provides.  The name Columbia Basin Badger Club reflects our tenacity to seek out clear information, yet we maintain a sense of humor and civility as we tackle the tough issues that are before us.

If this makes sense to you then you are just the person that the Badger Club is seeking. 

We invite you to join us. 

Sign up at:

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1) Clicking on the Calender of Events

2) Click on the Forum you want to attend on the calender

3) Follow the on screen directions

4) The cost of the Forum is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non members


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