Pasadena City College Closes Deen's Speech to Public

John Sanford

LOS ANGELES — James Deen's lecture at 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday at Pasadena City College in Pasdena, Calif., has been moved into a classroom and closed to the public due to concerns from the college's adminstrators, according to a Pasadena Star-News report.

Deen is scheduled to speak at the college, where he previously attended, as part of Dr. Hugo Schwyzer's course, Navigating Pornography. Originally, the event had been open to the public.

But according to the report, administrators called a meeting with Schwyzer after seeing a story about Deen's guest lecture in the Pasadena Star-News.

Schwyzer told the Star-News that he met with administrators and legal counsel on Tuesday, and the university told him he had to move the talk into his classroom and close the event to outsiders. The professor said the university's legal counsel told him that he had to move the event because of "public safety concerns," citing a possible protest at the event, according to the story.

PCC Board of Trustees President John Martin indicated that PCC would be making an official statement soon, the Star-News reported.