Karl Rove, the controversial adviser to former President George W. Bush, will speak at Concordia College in Moorhead Sept. 29.
The event is sponsored by two conservative student groups and funded by private donors, said the Fargo Forum.
Ben Sand, president of the Concordia Conservatives group, said many on campus are excited about Rove’s visit, which will be open to the public.
“It’s not often you get a political figure of his stature in this area,” said Sand, a junior majoring in political science and English.
But not everyone’s excited about the visit.
A Facebook group called “Rove doesn’t reflect my campus’ values” with more than 70 members has generated discussion this week.
Erik Hatlestad, a member of the group and vice president of the Campus Democrats, said some students have expressed “near outrage” about Rove’s visit.
“The kind of tactics he stands for are something the college and the United States in general should not be embracing or condoning,” said Hatlestad, a sophomore political science major.
In the past, speakers at Concordia have included Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke and Walter Mondale.
The day after Rove’s speech at Concordia, he’ll be inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot, N.D.