In somewhat of an about face, the Conference on World Affairs and the University of Colorado’s Cultural Events Board now will allow members of the public to enter a lottery for free tickets to attend a keynote speech by Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.
The university announced on Thursday that 500 free tickets will be made available via lottery for the April 12 speech at Macky Auditorium in Boulder. Students and faculty can also enter the lottery, and the remaining tickets will be available to students and staff for $2 and $10, respectively.
Macky Auditorium on the CU campus seats 2,000 people.
The lottery is open through 5 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for students, faculty and staff will go on sale Tuesday.
CWA officials announced earlier this month that Raisman’s speech would be closed to the public, a development that marked a pronounced departure from one of CWA’s founding principles that dictates events be free and open to everyone.
Raisman, who won gold medals in the Summer Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro, last year came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by the former Olympic team physician, Larry Nassar. She read a powerful victim impact statement during his sentencing in January, in which she said she was facing him in court to regain her strength. “I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor,” she said.
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