University to review conservative speaker appearance

Controversial conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and former editor-at-large of Breitbart News, addresses the student group Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Utah's Social and Behavioral Sciences Lecture Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is reviewing plans by a Republican student group to bring in a well-known conservative speaker, two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit led to two arrests.

UConn’s College Republicans are planning to bring Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, to the school Jan. 24.

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The group sponsored conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich in November for a speech titled “It’s OK To Be White.” It ended with a protester grabbing Wintrich’s notes and Wintrich grabbing the protester.

University President Susan Herbst implemented new rules after that, requiring a review of events that could potentially pose a safety risk to campus.

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A school spokeswoman says the review is designed to help facilitate the Jan. 24 speech, not to prevent it.