Robert Spencer's impending visit is causing major tension across UB's campus.
Spencer, a controversial self-proclaimed radical Islam expert, will speak about the dangers of radical Islam in Knox 109 on May 1. Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) is hosting Spencer's visit. Chairwoman Lynn Sementilli defended this decision saying public universities are the place for free speech and discussion, even for the most difficult topics.
But UB students and faculty feel Spencer's visit brings hate speech, bigotry and discrimination to a campus with a large international population.
Students and faculty started a petition, which received over 1000 signatures, asking Student Association members to "rescind their explicit sponsorship" and remove the SA logo from all flyers and advertisements for the event.