Help shed light on the cost of campus speakers - 2019-10-10
Before college campus speakers make it to campus or, potentially, the online outrage cycle, a lot of effort goes into the logistics of inviting these notables and preparing for their appearances: selecting speakers, negotiating speaking fees, securing accommodations for travel, housing, and meal costs. Security costs, in particular, can be extraordinarily high.
As reported by Jillian Berman on MarketWatch:
The University of California-Berkeley, spent roughly $4.8 million on security in 2017 surrounding appearances from controversial speakers, like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro, who were invited by student groups, according to the university. The University of Florida spent $500,000 to keep its campus safe when white nationalist Richard Spencer appeared there in 2017, a university spokesman said in an email.