Belle Knox, an adult film star and a sophomore at Duke University whose real name is Miriam Weeks, hosted a 15-minute lecture, which was followed by a question-and-answer session. About 100 people came to hear Knox speak.
The UNC Young Americans for Liberty, a group who advocates for social and economic freedom and individual liberty on campus, brought Knox to campus. Knox gave the lecture for free.
“We chose to bring Belle Knox because not only is she knowledgeable and has been nationally published on the topic, but she also has the ability to attract students that might not have otherwise had the opportunity or inclination to hear a libertarian stance on college tuition or a libertarian position in general,” said Alex Johnson, the president of UNC Young Americans for Liberty.
Knox told her own story about how high college tuition led to her involvement in the adult film industry.
“I felt that being screwed on camera was the best way to avoid being screwed by the higher education system,” Knox said.
She also discussed how government subsidies drive tuition prices up, as well as the cultural ideal that one has to go to college to be successful.
“The American dream is becoming more and more unattainable,” she said.
During her question-and-answer session, Knox discussed topics ranging from American economic policy to life in the pornography industry.