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Protesters to Oppose Condoleezza Rice's Speech at U of M

Updated: 04/17/2014 11:21 AM
Created: 04/17/2014 9:08 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be on the University of Minnesota campus Thursday to speak at the newly-remodeled Northrop Auditorium, and students, staff, faculty and community members are planning to protest ahead of the speech.

Rice will talk about the progress achieved and challenges still ahead in efforts to promote civil rights. The event is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is part of a series of civil rights-related events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society said it will protest against Rice outside of Northrop. Math professor William Messing had introduced a resolution to be considered by the University Senate asking that the Rice speech be canceled because of her role in the wartime policies of the Bush administration. The University of Minnesota Senate rejected the proposal.

Humphrey School spokeswoman Andrea Cournoyer told the Star Tribune that rescinding the invitation would be inconsistent with their goal of promoting discussion and dialogue.

The event takes place at 5 p.m. It’s free, but tickets are required; they’re available on Northrop’s website.

In this March 15, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gestures while speaking at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif.
Photo: AP/Ben Margot, File

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