COLUMBIA — Syndicated columnist and political commentator Ann Coulter is scheduled to visit Columbia next month.
She will speak at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Missouri Theatre. Admission will be free, but tickets will be issued to simplify the seating process.
Craig Arnzen, president of the MU College Republicans — the organization helping arrange Coulter's visit — said the group contacted Coulter through connections with the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, an organization concerned with preparing and promoting conservative women leaders.
Coulter is the author of seven New York Times bestselling books and writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate.
Catherine Rodriguez, lecture director for the institute, said Coulter’s standard student fee for lecture appearances is $20,000. However, since Missouri State University in Springfield and Truman State University in Kirksville agreed to bring Coulter to their campuses as well, the MU Campus Republicans will be able to bring Coulter to campus at the reduced price of $10,000.
Coulter will be in Springfield on April 10 and Kirksville on April 12.
“Being able to give her back-to-back-to-back opportunities helped to reduce cost,” Arnzen said in an email.
Despite the reduced costs, the College Republicans were unable to receive funding from the Missouri Students Association due to application deadlines. As a result, the group is raising the money itself.
“There are a lot of people in the community who are excited about bringing a strong conservative voice to campus,” Arnzen said.
Fundraising will be held during the event, as well, with a reception after Coulter speaks and a private dinner later that night.
Coulter’s caustic, polemicist debate style and outspoken conservative views make her a controversial speaker, but Arnzen said he feels she is well worth hearing.
“Some people think we shouldn’t be bringing someone so outspoken to campus,” Arnzen said. “We challenge them to come listen, to hear what she has to say, and to do it with an open mind.”