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Purdue limiting audience for ex-radical Ayers

By The Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University officials are limiting access to a lecture by Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers as some groups plan to protest the appearance by the former associate of President Barack Obama.

Fewer than 100 seats will be available to invited faculty members and students for tomorrow night's lecture by Ayers, who is now an education professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

College of Liberal Arts interim dean Irwin Weiser said the lecture about the inequalities facing urban schools was to be an academic talk and was never intended for the general public.

Katie Ryan, leader of the public university's College Republicans chapter, says members will protest the school's invitation to Ayers. Ryan says the university shouldn't allow so few people to hear from Ayers if what he has to say is so valuable.


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