In a moment reminiscent of a polar vortex, South Dakota is preparing to chill to the bone as it welcomes the notoriously icy Jordan B. Peterson to Sioux Falls this winter. As part of his ‘We Who Wrestle With God Tour’, the internet-famous cultural commentator plans to shake up the quiet prairie town with his inflammatory orations on February 20. His visit to the T. Denny Sanford Premier Center is just one blizzardy stop on a 51-city tour that’s sweeping across the country.
Peterson, who wears multiple hats as a best-selling author, psychologist, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and co-founder of the Peterson Academy, has quite the fanbase. His educational podcast, aptly named ‘The Jordan B Peterson Podcast’, frequently outperforms various academic lectures and motivational pep talks to top the charts in the education category.
The man has credentials, let’s give him that. Educating the future leaders at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Peterson has helped pen over a hundred scientific papers with his pupils and co-authors. He’s also become the poster boy for the critique of “post-modernism and neo-Marxism.” Basically, he’s the living incarnation of a conservative education and political paradigm.
However, in true ‘no publicity is bad publicity’ spirit, Peterson has been the subject of accusations regarding the usage of hate speech online and during his passionate public appearances. His distaste for the rise of political correctness in government and academia hasn’t exactly been faint-hearted. This includes his resentment towards the Canadian government’s acceptance of gender identity protections. Oh, the audacity!
He found himself in the crosshairs of the Ontario College of Psychologists earlier this year, which, like a stern schoolmaster, threatened to confiscate Peterson’s license as a medical practitioner. The grounds for this? Alleged “hateful conduct” on social media platforms. Peterson was told he’d need to attend a crash course on “professional communication.” Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately for Peterson, his attempt to challenge the order in Ontario court was as successful as a left-handed person trying to write in a spiral notebook. A panel of three judges in August upheld the College of Psychologists’ decision.
But hey, if you’re in the mood for a debate that might ruffle a few feathers, or if you’re a fan of controversies, or a die-hard disciple of Peterson, Sioux Falls is the place to be this winter. Tickets for Peterson’s tour stop will be available starting Friday at 10 a.m. CST. So grab the popcorn, bundle up, and brace yourself for a spectacle!