UF President releases statement ahead of Richard Spencer event

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs launched a preemptive strike on next week's campus speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

In a letter to the University, and then in a video, Fuchs called Spencer's visit an "external threat to our campus and its values."

He maintained that UF's mission is to "engage in..education for public good, not to sow lies, discord, and violence."

Fuchs then urged people to ignore Spencer when he speaks at the Phillips Center next Thursday.

At the same time, Fuchs is asking the university community to challenge Spencer's position on the issues.

The first opportunity to do that will be during a panel conversation on the First Amendment. It'll take place October 11 from 5-6:30pm at the Rion Ballroom in the Reitz Union.