Are Reparations Key to Racial Reconciliation?: A Debate

March 07-07, 2022
Great Room of the Anschutz Student Center (211 S Campus Dr, Lakewood, CO 80226) at Colorado Christian University
7:00 P.M. CST

Has the time come to consider racial reparations?


You’ve probably heard about the renewed calls for reparations for African Americans. 

It’s definitely an issue on the horizon—with one town in Illinois passing a reparations bill just last year.

Could financial compensation for the evil of slavery, America’s original sin, be a key to racial reconciliation in America? Or, would such legislation promote a misguided form of justice and further divide an already-fractured social structure?

Join ISI March 7 at Colorado Christian University for a debate between The Lamp editor Matthew Walther and DePaul University professor Jason Hill and they discuss their views on what the conservative approach to reparations should be.

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This debate is part of the Diana Davis Spencer Debate Series. ISI is grateful to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation for its continued partnership in our efforts to educate for liberty.




Matthew Walther

Matthew Walther is editor of The Lamp, a new bimonthly Catholic magazine. He was previously a national correspondent for The Week, where he wrote a daily column on American life for four years. He has contributed essays, articles, and reviews to a wide number of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The New York Post, The Spectator, Prospect, First Things, The Catholic Herald, The Critic, National Review, and many others. He has discussed his writing on Fox News, All Things Considered, and numerous other radio programs and podcasts. His work has also been featured many times on The Drudge Report, Real Clear Politics, and Arts and Letters Daily. He lives with his wife, Lydia, and their four children, Thisbe, Violet, John, and Sylvia, in rural Southwest, Michigan. He is currently researching a biography of St. John Henry Newman.

Jason Hill

​Jason D. Hill is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University and the author of five books: These include, What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression,  and the bestselling, We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People​. Other books include: Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What It Means to Be a Human Being in the New MillenniumCivil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along, and Beyond Blood Identities: Post-humanity in the Twenty First Century. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and has been a professional writer and book author for over thirty years. He is a specialist in ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, American politics, and foreign policy. He has been published in major magazines including The FederalistThe American MindThe American ThinkerCommentary MagazineSpiked Magazine, and Salon. He is also a contributor to The Hill. His poetry has been published in several journals.

From 2010-2012, a consortium of four universities in England held a series of conferences devoted to Dr. Hill’s post-human cosmopolitanism and adopted the moral vision contained therein as part of their mission statements. His scholarly articles have been published in anthologies and journals in Germany, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands. He has been interviewed regularly in various media outlets, including NBC’s Today showThe Daily Caller ShowFox NewsFox Business, Bill O’Reilly’s NO Spin NewsNPR, and several other mainstream media. He is deeply committed to Moral Foundationalism, Moral Universalism and the Absolutism of Reason.
Jason came to the United States at the age of twenty from Jamaica and has thrived beyond his wildest dreams. He remains incredibly grateful to this country for its bountiful opportunities.​
Mikayle Scheffel

Mikayle Scheffel graduated with her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was president of the Christian Legal Society and the Federalist Society. While at DU Law, she focused her studies on criminal law, employment law, and family law. During law school, her internships included working for the Honorable Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich fo the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Chief Judge Jeffrey Pilkington of the 1st Judicial District, the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and she also worked as a research assistant for Professor Nancy Leong. 

While attending CCU, Scheffel competed in speech and debate, earning three national championships and numerous other awards. She was hired as the student coach and later as assistant director of Forensics. Scheffel has been passionate about speech and debate since her junior year of high school, and that passion led her to CCU, having one of the best programs in the nation. In addition, she also has a particular fondness for CCU Forensics, as she met her husband, Stephen, when he was one of her teammates. 

Scheffel’s passion for advocacy led her to earn her juris doctor, and she is now an associate attorney for TNS Associates as a general practice attorney. Mikayle is passionately pro-life and is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Alternatives Pregnancy Center. In her free time, Mikayle enjoys skiing, reading, and taking evening walks with her husband. 

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