The University of California, Berkeley has confirmed to FIRE it will host an on-campus event sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans featuring conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on September 14 at 7 p.m. — even if the university has to foot the bill.
“It’s clear that we have a number of workable options,” said Dan Mogulof, Berkeley’s assistant vice chancellor for public affairs. “This event is going to happen. We just need to sit down with the College Republicans to talk through the details.”
He said it was unclear whether the Berkeley College Republicans had been informed of the news.
Berkeley initially said it could not accommodate the College Republicans’ specific request for a free, centrally located, 500-seat campus venue, at the requested date and time, noting that the College Republicans didn’t follow the rules by pre-booking Shapiro before they asked whether the university had a room available. Berkeley, however, says they left the door open for negotiations.