Here’s What You Need to Know About ‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley
Free Speech Week, an event organized by the conservative online student publication The Berkeley Patriot and right-wing talking head Milo Yiannopoulos, is scheduled for Sept. 24 to Sept. 27.
Some students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley are organizing a boycott, and organizers of the event have accused the university of “slippery” tactics aimed at preventing it from happening.
“We’ll do it outdoors if we need to,” Pranav Jandhyala, a sophomore member of the Berkeley Patriot told the Washington Post.
While there has yet to be a confirmed location for the indoor happenings, Yiannopoulos promises that tickets will be available later this week on his website. Sproul Plaza, the home of the free speech movement, will be the unofficial center of the weekend’s activities.
The list of Free Speech Week speakers include Chadwick Moore, Lucian Wintrich, Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter. Joy Villa, a singer who notably wore a Make America Great Again dress to the Grammy Awards earlier this year, said on Twitter that she will perform during “Free Speech Week” along with Kaya Jones, the pop singer who was formally with the Pussycat Dolls.
Here’s the reported schedule for Free Speech Week:
Sunday, Sept. 24 — Feminism Awareness Day
Sunday’s event will explore “the impact of feminism on free expression” and if it’s “good for freedom, for women and for society,” Berkeley Patriots said.
Monday, Sept. 25 — Zuck 2020
Monday’s event will focus on free speech and the Internet. The event will address whether free speech can “survive under the progressive leftist monoculture of Silicon Valley,” a description stated.
Tuesday, Sept. 26 — Islamic Peace & Tolerance
Tuesday’s event will reportedly examine “the compatibility of Islam and Western values” and explore how Europe has been “led into Islamization” and if the U.S. will do the same.
Wednesday, Sept. 27 — Mario Savio is Dead
Wednesday’s event will address political correctness and higher education. An award also will be presented to an “individual that best exemplified courageous free speech expression over the last year” in the name of Mario Savio, an activist and leader of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement in 1964.