Say what you want about Milo Yiannopoulos, but he’s taking the intellectual fight to America’s college campuses like no one else.

The Seattle Times reports:

UW, WSU brace for speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart editor banned from Twitter

In the coming months, the University of Washington will host lectures from an award-winning author, a world-renowned architect, an African-American ballerina who broke the color barrier and a father-son duo from MIT whose works blur the lines between art and mathematics.

But the speaker grabbing the most attention is a provocateur and editor of the Breitbart News Network who has been banned from Twitter for racism and misogyny, and whose talks at many college campuses have sparked vigorous counter protests.

Thousands of people have asked UW President Ana Mari Cauce to cancel a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos scheduled for Jan. 20, the evening of the presidential inauguration, out of concern for student safety and in a plea for tolerance. Washington State University students have also appealed to their president, Kirk Schulz, to cancel a Jan. 19 speech by Yiannopoulos in Pullman.

Both Cauce and Schulz have responded by underscoring the importance of free speech on campus.