Truman State spokesman Travis Miles said the university was hoping to create an essay contest and develop “an educational experience” based on the two speeches.
Speaking first will be Faizan Syed, the executive director of the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Following him will be Spencer, who has defended himself on his website, writing that if “I am ‘anti-Muslim,’ then foes of the Nazis were ‘anti-German.'”
The College Republicans, which received about $3,000 to bring Spencer to campus from a student committee that allocates funding to student groups, said on Facebook that “unsafe practices will not be tolerated.” The Muslim Student Association also urged calm, requesting that there be no “disruptive protests.”