Alt-right icon Jordan Peterson to speak in Rochester

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Dr. Jordan Peterson, the Canadian professor best known for his controversial conservative stances, best-selling books and YouTube channel, is set to speak in Rochester.

In an announcement Monday morning, Kodak Center announced tickets for the show go on-sale this Friday.

Peterson, who is a clinical psychologist and teaches at the University of Toronto, is a divisive figure in the world of politics. Critics label him as a far-right zealot whose opinions border on racism and misogyny. Supporters say Peterson is taking on political correctness and the “social justice warrior” culture prevalent on college campuses.

Peterson recently made headlines last month by suggesting the attack by Alek Minassian — the man who drove a van into a group of people in Toronto and was later found to be part of misogynist online “incel” groups — could have been prevented by “enforced monogamy.”

Speaking with the New York Times, Peterson said Minassian “was angry at God because women were rejecting him.” He added, “Half the men fail [to find a mate] and no one cares about the men who fail.”

Peterson later clarified his remarks, which he claimed had been taken out of context by opponents,  saying he wasn’t advocating government-enforced monogamy, but rather monogamy enforced by society. He wrote in a blog post, “Simply put: monogamous pair bonding makes men less violent.”

Peterson will appear at Kodak Center on September 5 in support of his new best-selling book “12 Rules for Life.”

Tickets, again, go on-sale Friday morning starting at 10 a.m. and are available through, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $35 to $100.

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