Stephen Bannon will address faculty and students at the University of Chicago after a business professor extended an invitation to President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's former chief strategist.
"Whether you agree with him or not (and I personally do not), Mr. Bannon has come to interpret and represent this backlash in America. For this reason, I invited Mr. Bannon to a debate on these issues with our faculty," professor Luigi Zingales said in a Facebook post.
A date for the talk has not yet been set, according to the school's newspaper The Chicago Maroon.
The announcement sparked backlash amid the student body.
This morning, students at University Chicago held a protest demanding the Universty cancel an upcoming event featuring Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJudge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November Poll: Majority of voters view Jan. 6 probe through political lens Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE. pic.twitter.com/kb0VjM81EO— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) January 25, 2018
From today's protest against Steve Bannon at University of Chicago (photo by Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune) pic.twitter.com/BLn0KeJLA4— Rachael Perrotta (@plussone) January 25, 2018
The news comes as Bannon prepares to meet with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE this week.
Bannon made headlines earlier this month after he was quoted in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" as saying Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE's meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 was "treasonous."