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    White nationalist plans event at the University of Tennessee

    Another white nationalist group is targeting college students, starting with an event planned for next week at the University of Tennessee.

    Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party plans to hold a talk Feb.17 on the Knoxville campus of the flagship state school. Heimbach, who started a white student union while studying at Towson University, did not respond to requests for comment. But the group’s website includes an announcement about planning a ‘‘march to retake our college campuses,’’ with people from the group going to universities and ‘‘putting forward how our worldview is not only good for white folks but the entire world. . . .

    ‘‘The university campus has for generations been the home of the most radical forces of the anti-white leftist movement,’’ the white nationalist group wrote. ‘‘From Germany to Greece to the United States, the former places of higher education have been turned into ideological indoctrination centers for Jewish intellectuals to turn our youth against their people, their religion and their culture.’’


    The website invites white nationalists and Traditionalist Worker Party members to attend, be polite, and nonviolent.

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    A University of Tennessee official said the school had been surprised by Heimbach’s planned event. ‘‘Last month, an individual reserved a room on our campus for an event using the name of a local church as the host,’’ university spokesman Ryan Robinson said in a prepared statement.

    He added that the university is working with law enforcement to consider its next move.