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Nina Hartley to replace Ron Jeremy at Feb. 19 ‘Great Porn Debate’

Thursday 7th, February 2013

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Porn actress Nina Hartley will replace Ron Jeremy at the Feb. 19 “Great Porn Debate,” Program Board confirmed Wednesday morning.

Anti-porn pastor Craig Gross is still scheduled to participate in the event. Ron Jeremy was tapped to speak at the event until he suffered a heart aneurysm Jan. 30, leaving him hospitalized in Los Angeles.

“Unfortunately, we do not know what (Jeremy’s) health or travel ability will be through the coming months. Armed with that information, CMU Program Board has decided to keep the date as scheduled and replace Ron Jeremy with Nina Hartley,” Program Board said in a news release.

Jeremy’s website said he is expected to remain in intensive care for several more days before moving to another part of the hospital.

“Thank you all for the concern and well wishes, I’m doing very well thanks to modern technology,” Jeremy posted on his Facebook wall at roughly 11:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Hartley has acted in more than 600 adult film titles and is an ardent public advocate for women’s rights and sexual self-awareness. She currently writes an advice column for the magazine Hustler’s Taboo and is an active lecturer on the campus circuit. She has won several awards for her work in the adult film industry.

Program Board was under contractual agreement to pay $13,000 for Ron Jeremy’s appearance. No information from Program Board has been released to dictate that the amount has changed.

“As an organization, we are committed to bringing a diversity of programs and activities to campus. We understand that some may dislike or disagree with our programming decisions, but the amount of discussion this program has sparked is motivation enough to continue with plans,” Program Board said in the release. “The college years are a time for the molding of individuals into critical thinkers. Testing one’s own beliefs by engaging in dialogues with those who possess contrasting views is the cornerstone of critical thinking. With that in mind, canceling the show is not an option.”

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