It seems that concerns over security prompted the hotel to cancel the event, with manager Tom Negri telling local newspaper The Tennessean "We canceled the group for both the safety and the health of our guests and employees here at Vanderbilt hotel", while choosing not to elaborate any further. The journal's editor, Rebecca Bynum, has hit back at the hotel, saying "We find it interesting that even without a specific threat that the fear of violence is so great that they would decide to cancel our event." Meanwhile, a message appeared on the online conference programme stating:
New English Review's first annual symposium, “Understanding the Jihad in Israel, Europe and America," will be held at an secure, undisclosed location. Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel succumbed to intimidation and cancelled hosting our event. Nothing else has changed.The event went ahead over the weekend.