Former Breitbart Editor, Talk Show Host Ben Shapiro to Speak at UC Berkeley on Thursday

Ben Shapiro at the 'Ben Shapiro Town Hall' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

Ben Shapiro at the 'Ben Shapiro Town Hall' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, UC Berkeley is tightening campus security.

In a message sent earlier this week, Provost Paul Alivisatos said the university was taking precautions in advance of the Sept. 14 visit by conservative political commentator and former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro. There will be a “closed perimeter” around the building where Shapiro is scheduled to speak, and an “increased and highly visible police presence.”

A number of university buildings near Zellerbach Hall, the event’s location, will be closed that afternoon. In order to pass through security barriers, people will have to show tickets for the speech.

The university also is offering counseling to students and faculty worried about the event, which is being held at the invitation of the Berkeley College Republicans.

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