Monday, September 27, 2004

The Brown and White : Michael Moore invited to speak

Controversial filmmaker and author Michael Moore may speak at Stabler Arena on Oct. 29, four days before the presidential election.

With the promise of additional funding from the visiting lectures committee, University Productions has extended a contract to Moore and is expecting a response to come soon.

“UP made a bid to Michael Moore,” said Neal Hoffman, member of the visiting lectures committee. “He can still say no. Right now he has said nothing about whether or not he’s coming.”

The pending contract offers the political activist less money than he originally wanted, according to James Crosson, member of the visiting lectures committee. Hoffman estimated the cost at $60,000.

“They just don’t have $60,000,” Hoffman said. “No group has the money to give.”

Although UP is providing most of the funding for the event, Crosson said, the visiting lectures committee is also offering a significant amount of money.

“The visiting lectures committee seems to be willing to pledge the rest of its funds for the whole year to the event,” he said.

The organization has $10,000 remaining this year.

Although Moore’s appearance at Lehigh has not been confirmed, his Web site listed Bethlehem as one of the cities the liberal activist plans to visit during his Slacker Uprising Tour, which was announced Sept. 23.

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