UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons
Coulter's rejection potentially sets the stage for another political brawl at Berkeley, where violent protesters forced the cancellation of a speech by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February.
It was the latest skirmish in a free-speech fight involving conservative voices on college campuses across the country, including at Berkeley.
Coulter said the school attached a series of conditions to her April 27 appearance: She had to deliver her speech in the afternoon, only students could attend and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event.
The school's vice chancellors claimed that the institution was "unable to find a safe and suitable venue for...[the] planned April 27 event", according to a Wednesday article from The Hollywood Reporter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ann Coulter fired off an angry stream of tweets Wednesday vowing to speak as planned next week at the University of California, Berkeley after campus officials called off the event for security concerns.
These are rights that Coulter apparently understands to include speaking at Berkeley for $20,000.
The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school.
In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date. We regret this outcome-especially given our unqualified support for our students' right to bring speakers of their choosing to the University, and our deep commitment to the values and principles embedded in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
While Registered Student Organizations like yours are independent from the University, and have the right to invite whoever they'd like to speak here, the campus retains responsibility for ensuring safety and security during such events.
"We want this event to take place safely and successfully", he said.
"I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY", the right-wing commentator tweeted, calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech.
Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks instead proposed an alternate May 2 date for the conservative author, reversing a decision from a day earlier when officials canceled the event.
In an email to theLos Angeles Times, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said there have been threats against the event.
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