COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Alt-right spokesman and controversy magnet Milo Yiannopoulos is on his way to Colorado Springs.
Two student groups invited the controversial British author and social media personality to speak on campus. The UCCS chapters of the College Republicans and Turning Point USA are putting on the event at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Upper Lodge on campus. Tickets are required, but are available free of charge.
Yiannopoulos is in the middle of a college speaking tour with a total of nine visits planned at campuses in western states. The tour includes an appearance at CU Boulder today.
In a statement UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak supported Milo’s right to free speech, but encouraged the campus community to reject his rhetoric.
“The statements that Mr. Yiannopoulos has made at other campuses are clearly in opposition to the values of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and its commitment to creating an inclusive community that welcomes all… At the same time, the University of Colorado system adheres to the freedoms embodied in the United States Constitution, which include the freedom of speech contained in the First Amendment. Under well-established constitutional principles, when a student group invites a speaker, the University of Colorado does not censor the speaker because it disagrees with his viewpoints."
The university explained per policy all costs for the appearance will be paid by UCCS College Republicans and Turning Point USA.
The controversial speaker is likely to draw crowds of supporters as well as protesters.