Judge Judy funds de­bate space to pro­mote ex­change of ideas

Porterville Recorder - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Judy Sheindlin, bet­ter known as Judge Judy, is fund­ing a space for pub­lic de­bate at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The fo­rum, which was to be un­veiled Tues­day night, will host the USC An­nen­berg De­bate Se­ries.

The univer­sity said the se­ries will bring to­gether peo­ple with dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, in­clud­ing lead­ers and stu­dents.

Sheindlin, a re­tired New York judge, is host of the long-run­ning TV court show “Judge Judy.”

In a state­ment, she said the free ex­change of ideas by well-mean­ing peo­ple must be hon­ored on col­lege cam­puses.

Wil­low Bay, dean of the USC An­nen­berg School for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Jour­nal­ism, said in a state­ment that schools have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­cour­age civil di­a­logue.

The Sheindlin Fo­rum is named for the for­mer judge and her hus­band, Jerry. The do­na­tion amount wasn’t dis­closed.

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