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UC Berkeley Reverses Position and Reinvites Ann Coulter to Speak on Campus

UC Berkeley Reverses Position and Reinvites Ann Coulter to Speak on Campus

“As the home of the Free Speech Movement”

This was a smart move. The negative publicity was making Berkeley look pretty bad.

The Daily Caller reports:

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.


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Wow! I hadn’t thought about Mario Savio in a long time. I went to high school with his brother.

    Walker Evans in reply to snopercod. | April 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Ironic, isn’t it? He spent all that time and effort championing free speech on college campuses, and his own alma mater is the sight of the biggest denials of that right!

legalizehazing | April 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Notable: Apparently the Berkeley College Republicans and YAF had lawyers send a letter threatening 1A suit still.

Only reference I could find

Walker Evans | April 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Considering all of the negative publicity Ms Coulter has managed to generate for Berkley, the administration likely caved to save (what little remains of) their reputation as a place for the open exchange of ideas, somewhat like a seat of higher learning. You know, what colleges and universities used to be!

For some reason this smells more like a set up to me than a concession.

Turns out the Mayor of Berkeley is a member of ANTIFA. Turn out the bushwhacking assailant that knocked out a attendee with a bicycle lock is a local instructor at the community college.
The attendees were warned by the authorities not to bring weapons. But not ANTIFA. When the violence started the Mayor ordered the police to leave.
This is a crime.

assemblerhead | April 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Two additional informational links :^tfw&

Interesting, yes?