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UConn Bars Public from Ben Shapiro Speech

UConn Bars Public from Ben Shapiro Speech

“UConn is a public, taxpayer-funded institution.”

Anita Hill recently spoke at UConn and the event was advertised as free and open to the public. Why is Ben Shapiro being treated differently?

The Daily Wire reports:

CENSORSHIP: UConn Bans Public From Hearing Shapiro Speak

As Spencer Brown of Young America’s Foundation reports, a “review” instituted by the University of Connecticut of Wednesday night’s lecture by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro has triggered the decision by the university to prevent members of the public from attending unless they are on a pre-registered list.

The speech, part of YAF’s Fred Allen Lecture Series, will be open to students and faculty, but any other individuals who show up will not be permitted to attend.

UConn is a public, taxpayer-funded institution.

As Brown notes, “Just last week, Anita Hill spoke on campus at UConn in an event advertised as ‘free and open to the public,’ with ‘No tickets required for entry.’” Anita Hill was the woman who accused arch-conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment at his confirmation hearings in 1991.

Jay Bergman, a history professor at CCSU, sent an email to UConn employees, asking, “Can you explain the difference in the university’s treatment of the two speeches … which seems to penalize Mr. Shapiro and the College Republicans for their political opinions?”

Brown points out regarding Shapiro’s speech, “In a tragic irony, the listed point of contact for the event was ‘[email protected]’ If only the school’s stated commitment to ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ extended to ideological diversity and inclusion of conservative speakers, perhaps the school wouldn’t need to punish conservatives–the victims of leftist intolerance–in the name of safety.”


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A good idea, actually.

Obviously, they’re expecting brownshirts to show up at Shapiro’s event. If they can keep out external rioters, then the only thugs they have to police are students. And those they have ways to influence or discipline.

If they make it clear that this isn’t a national convention for antifa neo-nazis and Cultural Revolutionaries, that means that they’re not planning to use these threatened attacks as an excuse to cancel Shapiro.

By contrast, there was no danger of violent rioting at Hill’s event.