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UConn Republicans to host another speaker


Chronicle Staff Writer

STORRS — Roughly two months after the University of Connecticut College Republicans invited a controversial, conservative contributor to speak on campus, the group is inviting another right-wing speaker.

Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the conservative news and opinion website The Daily Wire, will speak on campus Jan. 24.

Shapiro is a conservative political commentator, columnist, author, radio talk show host and lawyer.

In September, Shapiro gave a speech criticizing identity politics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nine were arrested as part of that protest. According to the Los Angeles Times, the college and the City of Berkeley spent roughly $600,000 in event security.

At the end of November, the UConn College Republicans hosted a conservative contributor to The Gateway Pundit to speak on campus.

Lucian Wintrich gave a talk titled “It’s OK to Be White.” The event led to three arrests, Wintrich included.

Shapiro’s talk will be presented by the Young America’s Foundation.

The conservative outreach organization informs youth about individual freedom, national defense, free enterprise and traditional values through seminars, speakers, internships and more.

Shapiro’s event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in a Laurel Hall lecture hall, with room for about 400 people.

The event is posted on the foundation’s website, but UConn hasn’t confirmed the details yet.

“We’re in the process of working with the (College Republicans) and various university offices on a pre-event review process,” said UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz. “That involves planning for the appropriate space and security to protect the speaker’s free speech rights and safety, along with those of the audience members and other people who may be at or near the event.”

Reitz said the event planning is administrative and the event will not be regulated based on content.

“It’s a purely administrative procedure that looks at logistics such as the room setup, arrangements for question-and-answer sessions, which university offices should have people there, whether people would need UConn IDs to enter and other details,” Reitz said.

Reitz said more details about the time, date and location will be forthcoming.

The UConn College Republicans said details are still being worked out, but the public is invited to attend.

“The general public is allowed, but we would prefer to be given names in advance to add them to a list for security reasons,” Emilyn Tuomala, vice president of the UConn College Republicans, said via Facebook. “As the lecture hall only seats 400 or so, we envision having a standby line for the general public as well.”

If members of the public who reserved seats do not show up, people from the standby line will be invited to take their spots, Tuomala said.

Members of the public looking to secure a seat should email


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