UC Berkeley Reinvites Ann Coulter To Speak On Campus
The University of California, Berkeley has reinvited Ann Coulter to give a speech on campus after uninviting her Wednesday over “security threats.”
The conservative author is now slated to speak on May 2, after her original April 27 speech was pulled.
“As the home of the Free Speech Movement, we fully support the right and ability of our students to host speakers of their choice,” said Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks at a press conference Thursday, as reported by The Daily Californian. “We believe that exposing students to a diverse array of perspectives is an inherent and inseparable part of our educational mission.”
The administration had canceled Coulter’s talk due to “security threats.”
Dirks announced that the location of the speech will be posted after the university confirms the event with BridgeUSA and the Berkeley College Republicans, the student organizations that had originally coordinated to host Coulter.
The College Republicans are still set on the April 27 talk, while BridgeUSA is considering Berkeley’s proposed May 2 date in light of Coulter’s security needs and sponsorship from the Young America’s Foundation.
“We’re still moving forward with Coulter coming on April 27, no matter how many times the campus whines about it,” said Naweed Tahmas, a spokesperson for the Berkeley College Republicans chapter.
Berkeley, Calif., has been the site of recent clashes between antifascists and Trump supporters. Antifascists rioted and canceled Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech in February and the progressive group battled Trump supporters in the city’s streets this past Saturday.
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