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Monroe J. and Shirley Paxman collection of newspaper clippings related to the speaking engagement of Michael Moore at UVSC

Identifier: AR 600Pax

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes articles, editorials, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor related to the controversy surrounding the speaking engagements of Michael Moore and Sean Hannity in October 2004. Clippings include information and opinions on: documentarian and Author Michael Moore; conservative talk show host Sean Hannity; personal experiences from their speeches; Orem resident Kay Anderson who sued UVSC Student Council over the Moore invite; documentarian Steven Greenstreet's documentary "This Divided State" about the speech and ensuing controversy; Utah Senator John Valentine and his involvement relating to lack of funding for a new UVSC library; and free speech issues surrounding local entrepreneur Larry H. Miller's address at the University of Utah.


  • 1996-2006


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

In 2004 UVSC Student Council VP Joe Vogel invited Michael Moore, Oscar and Emmy-winning director films Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11, and author of Dude Where's My Country? and Stupid White Men, to address the college community on behalf of the student body. As a counterbalance to Moore's visit, the Student Council also invited conservative talk radio personality and Fox News host Sean Hannity to speak. Moore's work is politically liberal and critical of the Republican Party and other conservative ideals. This invitation caused great controversy in the largely conservative Orem community, as well as the student body. The actions of the UVSC Student Council eventually generated a petition and lawsuit against them and faculty representative Phil Clegg by Kay Anderson. The controversy also inspired Steven Greenstreet to film a documentary entitled "This Divided State." Many within the state were opinionated as to both Michael Moore and Sean Hannity and weighed in heavily via opinion pieces and letters to the editor of a variety of local and collegiate newspapers.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection includes articles, editorials, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor related to the controversy surrounding the speaking engagements of Michael Moore and Sean Hannity in October 2004.

Arrangement note

Series arrangement is as follows: 1. newspaper clippings of articles, editorials, and letters to the editor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Monroe J. and Shirley Paxman

Related Archival Materials note

KF4772 .V63 Free speech 101: the Utah Valley uproar over Michael Moore by Joseph Vogel; JC599.U62 U8 This divided state [DVD videorecording]; AR 722Moo Utah Valley University Department of Student Life collection of Michael Moore and Sean Hannity event materials;

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Revision Statements

  • 2022 February: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States