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Talk by conservative speaker planned at UConn

January 21, 2018

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A conservative speaker whose appearance at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall sparked protests is scheduled to speak this week at the University of Connecticut.

Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening at an event hosted by UConn’s College Republicans.

The talk comes two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit, Lucian Wintrich, led to the arrests of him and a protester who took his notes from the podium at UConn. Charges against Wintrich were dropped. The protester was charged with misdemeanor larceny and disorderly conduct.

A UConn spokeswoman says students and employees with a valid school ID will be issued tickets or wristbands in advance for entry.

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