Protesters are standing outside UTC's Fine Arts Center prior to a speech by controversial conservative lightning rod Ann Coulter.
"She feeds on animosity and bigotry and feeds off the shock factor. She has no solutions," said Taylor Thomas, president of the Hamilton County Young Democrats and a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Ms. Coulter, a bestselling author of several political books and regular Fox News contributor, is part of the school's Burkett Miller Lecture Series. Doors opened at 11:35 a.m. for the speech, which is being held in 500-seat Roland Hayes Concert Hall.
While only a handful of protesters showed up, hundreds of people interested in hearing Ms. Coulter lined up outside the Fine Arts Center prior to the speech.
The event is free, but high interest on campus led the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to require attendees to have tickets to get in.