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Bannon, Coulter join alt-right to speak at UC Berkeley

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Steve Bannon will speak at UC Berkeley at the end of September as part of “Free Speech Week.” (Michael Brochstein/Zuma Press/TNS)
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A veritable who’s who of far-right pundits like Pamela Geller, Mike Cernovich and Erik Prince are slated to join Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon at UC Berkeley later this month for “Free Speech Week,” event organizers say.

The lineup’s release Thursday comes as university officials say student organizers have failed to provide the paperwork necessary for the event to go forward. Past events featuring planned appearances by Yiannopoulos and Coulter have been marred by violence from demonstrators.

On Thursday, however, Yiannopoulos’ company announced an expanded roster of speakers for the multi-day event, which starts Sept. 24. More guests will be revealed in the coming days, Yiannopoulos said.

“Our plan was to slowly release the names of our confirmed speakers over the next two weeks, but the reaction to our announcements of Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter was so huge that we decided to put out the full list,” Yiannopoulos said.

Campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said the Berkeley Patriot student group working with Yiannopoulos has yet to sign contracts with the campus venues to host the speakers.

He said the student group has not provided “essential” information required to provide security for the events.

Berkeley Patriot spokesperson and student Bryce Kasamoto said Wednesday the group expected to meet the campus’ deadline, which he said was approaching “within the next week.”

Event speakers will also include: James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired over a sexist memo he distributed among staff, former Fox News personality Monica Crowley, Breitbart London’s editor, Raheem Kassam, and commentator Pamela Geller, who is known for her anti-Islamic writings.

The final day’s theme is “Mario Savio is Dead,” a reference to the late activist’s famous 1964 address during the free speech movement. “The Mario Savio Award for Free Speech” will be awarded the final day, Yiannopoulos said.

Savio’s widow, Lynne Hollander Savio, has said she is exploring legal options to stop Yiannopoulos from co-opting her husband’s name for the award.

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