Cal State LA Cancels Conservative Speaker Amid Backlash Over Freedom of Speech

February 27, 2016

By Melanie Graysmith at

Here we go again. William Covino, president of California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), canceled an appearance byBen Shapiro, a controversial conservative writer and commentator scheduled to give a speech at an event at Cal State Los Angeles, over students and faculty objections to his conservative views. The thorn for many advocates of academic freedom rises in the light of Covino’s requirement to allow Shapiro’s appearance at a later date, but only along with other commentators with opposing views – clearly more liberal opinions. Supporters of freedom of speech are angered by the seeming inequity and see the requirement as antithetical to those values.

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Schools: California State University – Los Angeles