Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dirks' Last Test?

It appears that Berkeley Chancellor Dirks (yes, he's still chancellor until June 30) will have one more test before exiting. The recent event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos didn't go well, to say the least. Now there is this:

The Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeCal have invited conservative author Ann Coulter to speak on campus April 27 to cover the topic of illegal immigration.
Coulter, a self-identified “right-wing polemicist” and 12-time New York Times best-selling author, is known for her controversial books, including “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans” and “In Trump We Trust.” BCR spokesperson Naweed Tahmas and BridgeCal founder and co-president Pranav Jandhyala said that BCR approached BridgeCal with the idea of inviting Coulter to campus.
When BCR heard that BridgeCal — a campus club that facilitates discussions among students with contrasting ideologies — planned to host a speaker series on illegal immigration in the coming months, BCR proposed that BridgeCal also invite a conservative speaker to offer an alternative perspective on the issue, according to Jandhyala.
“We do believe that Ms. Coulter is the perfect individual to engage in this debate about illegal immigration,” Tahmas said. “I think there’s definitely a void in conservative thought at UC Berkeley.”...

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