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Last night’s speech at U.C. Berkeley is covered here and here. It was a remarkable event. Many thanks to the Berkeley College Republicans and those who came, and heartfelt apologies to the hundreds of supporters who could not get in to the lecture hall due to the limited number of seats. Pre-event news coverage and op-eds can be viewed here, here, and here.

Today, I’m flying to Los Angeles to speak at USC Law School. Friday, I’ll be signing books at Borders Books in Puyallup, Wash.

My American University speech, which was scheduled for Monday, September 13, has been cancelled. My host, the AU College Republicans, informed me yesterday that “because of the issue of Japanese internment, our club is taking a lot of flack from the Administration here at American University. In so many words or less, our future funding is in serious jeapordy (sic).” In a subsequent e-mail sent early this morning, my host stated that “Staff members for the Bush campaign itself have frowned on us for having an event centered on the internment of Japanese Americans.” I offered to change the event from a speech to a debate, but apparently some folks at AU and/or the Bush campaign share Danny Westneat’s view that internment ought not even be debated, let alone defended in a stand-alone speech.

My Johns Hopkins speech, scheduled for Wednesday September 15th, is still on. The event is slated to begin at 8 pm at Shriver Auditorium. For more information, contact Justin Klatsky at [email protected]

I’ll have more to say about the Berkeley speech, the news coverage of it, and the AU cancellation in the days to come. In the meantime, here is the Daily Cal‘s picture of me. (As usual, I am not tall enough to reach the microphone.)


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