Berkeley Forum postpones all events through March over COVID-19 concerns

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Update 3/12/2020: This article has been updated to include additional information from Da Eun Jung, a spokesperson for Berkeley Forum.

Berkeley Forum canceled its events through March 29 with all of its speakers over concerns about health risks and campus closures due to COVID-19, more colloquially known as the coronavirus.

The organization first canceled its event with Venmo co-founder Andrew Kortina on Sunday. The event, which was scheduled for March 11, will be postponed until later this semester or put in next semester’s lineup, according to a Facebook post from the student organization.

“We understand that this is an event that many of you were looking forward to,” Berkeley Forum’s Facebook post reads. “We thank you for your interest and support of not only this event but also the Berkeley Forum.”

Also in the original lineup were the Doug Freeman, chief operating officer of Patagonia, and Stella Kafka, chief executive officer of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, an organization that promotes scientific discovery. Both of these events have been canceled, according to Da Eun Jung, a spokesperson for Berkeley Forum.

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Kate Finman is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.