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U. of Wyoming sued after banning campus speaker

April 18, 2010

Last week, the University of Wyoming banned Bill Ayers, the former 1960s radical, from using any university venue for a planned April 28 lecture. Ayers and student Meg Lanker sued on Thursday, asking a federal judge to issue an injunction and allow the lecture.

The suit, filed in federal court in Cheyenne, claims the ban violates the First Amendment right to free speech.

Late last month, the Univeristy of Wyoming Social Justice Research Center canceled plans for Ayers to visit campus on April 5, after the center and university administrators received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails voicing outrage that the school would invite someone with Ayers' past to campus.

Angry about the cancellation, Lanker and the Secular Student Alliance, a UW-recognized group, arranged to bring Ayers back to campus and tried to reserve a room in UW's Classroom Building for him to deliver his lecture on education theory.

Last week, the University of Wyoming banned him from using any university venue for a planned April 28 lecture.

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