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Dear Dr. Patton:

We write to protest the Middlebury administration’s punitive response to students involved in the events surrounding the Charles Murray lecture on March 2, 2017. Middlebury students have reported being placed on probation and having disciplinary letters added to their files for protesting both the lecture and also the fact that the college gave its imprimatur to the event by having faculty and administration introduce and preside over it. 

Additionally, we are concerned that the administration has taken or plans to take other more serious disciplinary actions. As academics who value maintaining college campuses as spaces that encourage critical thinking and that serve as welcoming and democratic spaces for all, we write in support of these students. We exhort you to proceed with a keen sense of their well-being, and their right to participate in protests for social justice, in a long tradition that includes Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Charles Murray is a widely discredited scholar who masks racist ideas under a veneer of respectability. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Murray as a “white nationalist” who is fond of “using racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.” A well-known provocateur, he has a long history of coming to college campuses to create turmoil and foment hatred. Because his dangerous ideas are so well known, 450 Middlebury alumni signed an open letter, published in the student paper the day prior to his lecture, protesting the event.

Alumni described his invitation to campus not as “an educational opportunity, but a threat.” We join these alumni in their dismay. Indeed, our own is compounded by the fact that the administration disregarded alumni, some faculty members’, and students’ clear message that Murray’s appearance was not an occasion for dialogue and free speech, but for fanning the flames of racism during a tense time in the United States, when hate crimes are on the rise.

We are aware that the protesting students, many of whom are now being disciplined by the college, possibly acted in contravention of college rules. We are also aware of the different reports of what happened after the lecture as Murray and Middlebury faculty member Allison Stanger were departing the hall. Competing versions of what transpired at the protests exist–whether any violence that might have occurred was accidental or deliberate; whether it was initiated by students, security, or other parties.

This uncertainty does not negate basic facts—students have a right to reasonable protest; and protest by its very nature is a challenge to an authority that refuses to listen.

We believe the administration must take responsibility for what ensued during Murray’s visit, which was sorely mishandled. In his thoughtful public apology to colleagues and the Middlebury community, especially people of color, Prof. Bert Johnson, the Chair of the Political Science Department, recognized mistakes in his decision-making and expressed regret that his agreement to co-sponsor the Murray lecture “contributed to a feeling of voicelessness that many already experience on this campus.” We note that to date the administration has issued no such apology to those at Middlebury adversely affected by Murray’s college-sanctioned visit, even as an apology has been tendered to Charles Murray and Allison Stanger.

As Prof. Johnson’s words suggest, the responsibility for what happened at Middlebury cannot be placed exclusively or even primarily on the shoulders of students who are now being disciplined. The administration, faculty and other members of the college community who invited, enabled, and formally welcomed so dangerous a figure as Murray in full knowledge of his history bear responsibility, as does the Middlebury administration for then overriding objections leading up to his lecture, and disrespecting students’, faculty, and alumni concerns.

Dr. Patton, we ask you to consider this: when Charles Murray was in high school, indeed only a couple of years younger than the Middlebury students being disciplined, and as the Civil Rights Movement was getting underway, he burned a cross, and then claimed not to know the true meaning of his action (NYT). The scholarship he has since produced continues to breed hate and prejudice. Why would Middlebury choose to enable such a man, and the specious “scholarship” and narratives he propagates, rather than nurture the spirit of students who stand against racism?

To punish students and to defend Murray is to degrade the meaning of academic freedom and free speech. Instead, we hope that you might make of this occasion one that can foster critical thinking and reflection in an environment that is safe for all students and members of the Middlebury community, including those who are the most vulnerable. Rather than disciplining students in ways that might prove permanently damaging, we urge you to take this an opportunity for learning, not just for the students but, indeed, for the whole college community.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

  1. Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai’i

 

  1. David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford U

 

  1. David Lloyd, University of California, Riverside

 

  1. Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, Columbia University

 

  1. Ebony Coletu, Pennsylvania State University

 

  1. David Shorter, UCLA

 

  1. Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University

 

  1. Jean M. O’Brien, University of Minnesota

 

  1. Cheryl Naruse, University of Dayton

 

  1. Andrea Hairston, Smith College

 

  1. Yumna Siddiqi, Middlebury College

 

  1. Adam Miyashiro, Stockton University

 

  1. Kevin P. Murphy, University of Minnesota

 

  1. Timothy J. Reiss, Professor Emeritus, New York University

 

  1. Darwin Tsen, Penn State

 

  1. Ian Balfour, York University

 

  1. Bill V. Mullen Purdue University

 

  1. Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University

 

  1. Laura Lyons, University of Hawai’i

 

  1. Dr. Aaron Hostetter, Rutgers University-Camden

 

  1. Aren Aizura, University of Minnesota

 

  1. Yogita Goyal, UCLA

 

  1. Sony Coranez Bolton, Middlebury College

 

  1. Maria Bates, Pierce College

 

  1. Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York

 

  1. Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UC Riverside, Associate Professor

 

  1. Jesse Knutson University of Hawaii, Mānoa

 

  1. Lisa Kahaleole Hall, Wells College

 

  1. Jih-Fei Cheng, Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College

 

  1. Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

  1. Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD, St. John’s University

 

  1. Karma R. Chavez, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas at Austin

 

  1. Kevin Black, Boston University

 

  1. Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, Rhode Island College

 

  1. Cynthia Wu, SUNY at Buffalo

 

  1. Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico

 

  1. Emily Raymundo ’10, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California

 

  1. Laila Farah, DePaul University

 

  1. Alvin L.J. Kim, UPenn

 

  1. Naomi Schiler, Brooklyn College, CUNY

 

  1. Lyndsie Schultz, Washington University in St. Louis

 

  1. Mimi Thi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

  1. Rei Terada, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Irvine

 

  1. Rebecca E Karl, NYU, History

 

  1. Jigna Desai, Univ. of Minnesota

 

  1. Lara Langer Cohen, Swarthmore College

 

  1. Greta LaFleur, Yale University

 

  1. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

 

  1. Cathy Arellano, American River College

 

  1. Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawai’i

 

  1. Lucas Klein, University of Hong Kong (Middlebury graduate, class of 2000)

 

  1. Lisa Moore, St. Olaf College

 

  1. Craig Willse, George Mason University

 

  1. Scott Anderson St. Olaf College

 

  1. Monica Zikpi, University of Oregon

 

  1. John David Zuern, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 

  1. Tom Sarmiento, Kansas State University

 

  1. Sunaina Maira, UC Davis

 

  1. Mari Yoshihara, University of Hawaii

 

  1. Paul Lyons, University of hawaii

 

  1. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

 

  1. Roy Perez, Willamette University

 

  1. Kimberly Drake, Scripps College

 

  1. Rachel Cloud

 

  1. Dr. Stephanie Han Hawaii Pacific University

 

  1. Hosam Aboul-Ela, University of Houston

 

  1. S. Shankar, University of Hawai‘i

 

  1. Dr. Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick, UK

 

  1. Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, Independent Scholar.

 

  1. S. Heijin Lee, New York University

 

  1. Elaine Freedgood, NYU

 

  1. Susana Loza, Hampshire College

 

  1. Fabio Lanza, university of Arizona

 

  1. Rebecca Hill, Kennesaw State University

 

  1. Shamita Das Dasgupta, Rtd. NYU Law School.

 

  1. Lisa Makman, University of Michigan

 

  1. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

  1. Poulomi Saha, UC-Berkeley

 

  1. Oscar V. Campomanes, Ateneo de Manila, Philippines

 

  1. Bret Benjamin, Associate Professor, University at Albany SUNY

 

  1. David Zellmer, LMSW, University of Michigan

 

  1. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota

 

  1. Moustafa Bayoumi, CUNY Brooklyn College

 

  1. Dawn Kaczmar, PhD Candidate in English at University of Michigan

 

  1. Andrew Urban, Rutgers University

 

  1. Masumi Hayashi-Smith, Holy Names University

 

  1. Kristina Johansson

 

  1. Peggy Luhrs, Institute for Social Ecology

 

  1. Jordan Alexander Stein, Fordham University

 

  1. Anson Koch-Rein, Grinnell College

 

  1. Sarah Melton, Boston College

 

  1. Willa Cowan-Essig, SUNY

 

  1. Barbara Ofosu-Somuah

 

  1. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor (previously Yale, now Bethlehem)

 

  1. Nalini Iyer, Seattle University

 

  1. Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona

 

  1. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Emeritus Professor, UC Berkeley

 

  1. Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley

 

  1. John Rieder, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

100. Anu Biswas, Middlebury College class of 2016

 

101. Monisha Das Gupta, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

102. Todd Essig, Ph.D., William Alanson White Institute

 

103. S. Charusheela, University of Washington, Bothell

 

104. Steven Salaita, American University of Beirut

 

105. Betty Joseph, Rice University

 

106. Barbara Foley, Rutgers University-Newark

 

107. Anushiya Ramaswamy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 

108. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College

 

109. Leora Mosman, Student – Saint Mary’s College of California

 

110. Tamara Vatnick, Middlebury College ’07

 

111. Sonora Jha, Seattle University

 

112. Ketu H Katrak University of California, Irvine

 

113. Bonnie Zare, University of Wyoming

 

114. Ioana Luca, NTNU

 

115. Sarita See, U of California Riverside

 

116. Dr. Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar, UCLA

 

117. Richard Cullen Rath, University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa

 

118. Jordy Rosenberg University of Massachusetts

 

119. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Southern Connecticut State University

 

120. P J Thomas , S B College , M G University, Kerala India

 

121. Heidi Howkins Lockwood, Yale PhD ’09, SCSU faculty

 

122. Lisa King, University of Tennessee

 

123. Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University

 

124. Kate Beutner, U of Hawaii

 

125. Hayle Meyerhoff, Haverford College

 

126. Julia Pike, Amherst College

 

127. Kelley Baumann, Amherst College

 

128. Bobby Shogren, Amherst College

 

129. Elizabeth Dunn, Middlebury College

 

130. Esperanza Chairez, Amherst College

 

131. Bryan Doniger, Amherst College

 

132. Phoebe Chatfield, Yale University

 

133. Rachel Cohen, Amherst College

 

134. Peggy K. Takahashi, University of San Francisco

 

135. Estelle Lopez, Southern Connecticut State University

 

136. Charlotte Rosen, Northwestern University

 

137. Anthony Granite, NMSU

 

138. Molly Stuart, San Francisco State University

 

139. Kevin Walters

 

140. Michael Hisry, Borough of Manhattan Community College

 

141. Martin Man, Yale University

 

142. Emma Broder, Wesleyan University

 

143. Ann Heppermann, Sarah Lawrence College

 

144. Andrew Drinkwater, Amherst College

 

145. Karla Lorena Huaman Ruiz, St. Olaf College.

 

146. Margot Friedman, Skidmore College

 

147. Sarah Kate Murphy, Appalachian State University

 

148. Candace Fujikane, U of Hawai‘i

 

149. Samuel Dewees, Wesleyan University

 

150. Federico Sor, NYU Shanghai

 

151. MJ Engel, Columbia University

 

152. Graham Cairns, Columbia University

 

153. Lisa Henderson, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

154. Kevin Gannon, Grand View University

 

155. Monica Barron, Truman State U

 

156. Christine Harker, Truman State U

 

157. Hannah Goodwin, UC Santa Barbara

 

158. Alice Jardine, Harvard U

 

159. Kenna Neitch, Texas Tech University

 

160. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University

 

161. Luis A. Ledesma, Contra Costa College

 

162. Jackie Weinstock, University of Vermont

 

163. Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago

 

164. Suzanna Walters, Northeastern University

 

165. Nancy Daley-Moore, Truman State University

 

166. Kanika Batra, Texas Tech University

 

167. McKenzie Campbell, Eastern Michigan University

 

168. Tina Escaja, University of Vermont

 

169. Dan DiPiero, Ohio State University

 

170. Carrie Baker, Smith College

 

171. Jane Chin Davidson, California State U of San Bernardino

 

172. Israel Cantu Silva, Professor, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico

 

173. Kavita Daiya, George Washington University

 

174. Serena Parekh, Northeastern University

 

175. Maree ReMalia, Middlebury College

 

176. Lindsay London, RN, UVM

 

177. Lauren Stuart Muller, City College of San Francisco (Middlebury MA 87)

 

Middlebury Alumni and Students, and beyond:

 

  1. Julianna Tschirhart, Middlebury College ’11

 

  1. Nicholas Hodder-Hastorf, Middlebury College Alum

 

  1. Nathaniel W. Kerr, Middlebury College 2011

 

  1. Sandra Luo, Middlebury College ’18

 

  1. Lucy Grinnan, Middlebury Class of 2019.5

 

  1. Alex Macmillan, Middlebury Class of 2015

 

  1. Ujjayan Siddharth, Middlebury College

 

  1. Anna Cerf, Middlebury College ’18

 

  1. Meridith Carroll, Middlebury College ’15

 

  1. David Chen, Middlebury ’14

 

  1. Marissa Perez, Middlebury College class of 2016

 

  1. Pete Kerby-Miller, Middlebury College

 

  1. Nell Sather, Middlebury College

 

  1. Fiona Mohamed, Middlebury College

 

  1. Karl Lin, Middlebury College

 

  1. Tiffany Martinez, Middlebury college

 

  1. Michelle Kim, Middlebury College

 

  1. Stella Boye-Doe, Middlebury College

 

  1. Weston Uram, Middlebury

 

  1. Clara Sternberg, Middlebury College

 

  1. Moss Turpan, Middlebury College

 

  1. Jane Ames, Middlebury College

 

  1. Austin Kahn, Middlebury College

 

  1. Isabelle Shallcross, Middlebury College

 

  1. Jackson Frons, Middlebury College ’16

 

  1. Maya Goldberg-Safir, Middlebury College alum ‘12.5

 

  1. Samantha Kaufman, Middlebury College

 

  1. Toren Hardee, Middlebury Class of 2011

 

  1. Angeline Rodriguez, Middlebury College

 

  1. Alexandria Jackman, Middlebury ‘ 14

 

  1. Maya Doig-Acuna, Middlebury College ‘16.5

 

  1. Aashna Aggarwal, Middlebury College ’16

 

  1. Nic Valenti, Middlebury College

 

  1. Patrick McElravey, Middlebury College

 

  1. Rebecca Coates-Finke, Middlebury College alum

 

  1. Jiya Pandya, UWC and Middlebury College

 

  1. Nick Delehanty, Middlebury College

 

  1. Klaudia Wojciechowska, Middlebury College

 

  1. E. Emmons Hahn, Middlebury College (’10) and Cornell University (’14)

 

  1. Sydney Shuster, Middlebury College

 

  1. Emily Rosenkrantz, Middlebury College

 

  1. Barrett Smith, Middlebury College Class of 2013

 

  1. Taylor Cook, Middlebury College

 

  1. Juliette Gobin Middlebury College ’16

 

  1. Katie Corrigan, Middlebury College

 

  1. Hannah Blair, Middlebury College ’17

 

  1. Molly McShane

 

  1. Samantha Lamont, Middlebury College class of ’17

 

  1. Erin Reid, Middlebury College ’17

 

  1. James Scott, Middlebury ‘19

 

  1. Toni Cross, Middlebury College

 

  1. Kate McCreary, Middlebury College

 

  1. Elizabeth Lee, Middlebury College ’17

 

  1. Taite Shomo, Middlebury College

 

  1. Feliz Baca, Middlebury College ’14, University of Arizona

 

  1. Lucia Christensen, Middlebury 2016

 

  1. Zachary Lounsbury, Middlebury College ’16

 

  1. Anahi Naranjo, Middlebury College

 

  1. Jake Guth, Middlebury College ’19

 

  1. Sarah Thomas, Class of ’14

 

  1. Josh Brosnan

 

  1. Gaby Giangola, Wesleyan University

 

  1. Ameya Biradavolu, Middlebury College ’16

 

  1. Lily Heinemann, Temple University

 

  1. Katie Preston Middlebury College

 

  1. Gabriella Reynoso, Columbia University

 

  1. Tessa Peierls, Amherst College

 

  1. Clara Beccaro, Columbia University

 

  1. Alexis De La Rosa, Middlebury College

 

  1. Dale Aram Tassbihi, University of Maryland, College Park

 

  1. Dylan Otterbein, Middlebury ‘15.5

 

  1. Hannah Phelps, Middlebury College

 

  1. Anna Paritsky, Middlebury College

 

  1. James Webster, Stanford University ’73

 

  1. Cecilia NÃoñez, Universidad de Buenos Aires

 

  1. Aaliyah Triumph, Columbia University

 

  1. Tim Hansen, Middlebury College

 

  1. Jack Tipper, Middlebury College

 

  1. Julia Deng, Brown University

 

  1. Pat Burke, Retired Military

 

  1. Lee Schlenker (Middlebury ’16)

 

  1. Bri Aine, Claremont Colleges

 

  1. Chris Feeney, Middlebury College

 

  1. Gabe Weisbuch, Middlebury College class of 2018

 

  1. Sparkle Joyner- Middlebury ’12

 

  1. Kate Murray, Middlebury College ’15

 

  1. Toni Cuevas, Middlebury College

 

  1. Pedro Bitar

 

  1. Hannah Muellerleile, Reed College

 

  1. Adina Marx-ARpadi, Middlebury College ‘13.5

 

  1. Jada Young, Columbia University

 

  1. Milo Levine, Yale University

 

  1. Kate McCreary, Middlebury College ’15

 

  1. Joshua Claxton, Middlebury College

 

  1. Crystal Farkaschek, Middlebury College

 

  1. Samuel Boudreau, Middlebury College

 

  1. Sam Koplinka-Loehr, Middlebury College ’13

 

  1. Firas Nasr, Middlebury College, ’15

 

  1. Parker Ziegler, Middlebury College

 

100. Abigail Escobar, Middlebury College ’20

 

101. Diana Luna, Middlebury College class of 2016

 

102. Andrew Bridgers, Middlebury College

 

103. Odessa Cross, University of California Santa Cruz

 

104. Addis Fouche-Channer, Middlebury College

 

105. Chelsea Melone, Middlebury College

 

106. Shahruz Ghaemi, Amherst College ’19

 

107. Krysta Wetzel, St. Olaf College

 

108. Kai Wiggins, Middlebury College ‘16.5

 

109. Tia Schaffer, St. Olaf College

 

110. Kylee Novak, St. Olaf College

 

111. Rachel Hemond, student at Middlebury College

 

112. Margaret Lindon, Middlebury College class of 2016

 

113. Danielle Davis, St. Olaf College

 

114. Ashley Smith, St. Olaf

 

115. Ladji Mouflet, Middlebury College

 

116. Zachary Lounsbury, Middlebury College Class of 2016

 

117. John Percival, St. Olaf College

 

118. Eliza Klein, Williams College

 

119. James Moser, Middlebury College class of 2016.5

 

120. Rachel Bradshaw, Linfield College

 

121. Canary Ly, Middlebury College

 

122. Jessica Joslin, University of Michigan

 

123. Robin Murray, Circle in the Square Theatre School

 

124. Addie Mahdavi, Middlebury College Student

 

125. Alyssa Brown, Middlebury College

 

126. Israel A Mora, Middlebury College

 

127. Nitya Mankad, Middlebury College

 

128. Natalie Jamerson, Whitman College

 

129. Leena Chawla, Middlebury College

 

130. Kolbe Franklin ’08, University at Albany-SUNY

 

131. Danielle Surrette Middlebury College

 

132. Sarah Goodwin, Skidmore College

 

133. Margaret Rose-McCandlish, Middlebury College 17.5

 

134. Bess Hepner, Smith College alumni

 

135. Ana Vega, University of Delaware

 

136. Rebecca Duras, Middlebury College

 

137. Ben Simonds-Malamud, Northeastern University

 

138. Tom Dobrow, Middlebury College class of 2016

 

139. Zoe Ravina, Emory University

 

140. Tiff Chang, ex-student at Middlebury College

 

141. Morgan Mahdavi, Kalamazoo College

 

142. Rui Tai Hu, Middlebury College ’16

 

143. Ixchel LÃ3pez, Wellesley College

 

144. Sean Edenson, Temple University

 

145. Jessica Masinter, Middlebury Student

 

146. Natalie Brottman, St. Olaf College

 

147. Emily Johnston, Wellesley College

 

148. Jasmine Ross, Middlebury College Class of 2016

 

149. Dylan Walker, St. Olaf College ’18

 

150. Monica Tamayo, California State University Los Angeles

 

151. Stephen Chen, Middlebury College

 

152. Becca Holdhusen, Middlebury College

 

153. Javier Miranda, Iowa State University

 

154. Alexis Rufi, St. Olaf College

 

155. Jocelyn Tenorio, Middlebury College ’19

 

156. Ellie Simon, Middlebury College

 

157. John Cheesman, Middlebury ’16

 

158. Caley Henderson, Middlebury College

 

159. Jonathan O’Dell, Middlebury College

 

160. Alaire Hughey, Linfield College

 

161. Lynn Travnikova, Middlebury College

 

162. Juan Andrade-Vera, Middlebury College ’19

 

163. Hannah Rae Murphy, Middlebury College ‘14.5

 

164. Erin Davis, Weybridge, VT

 

165. Hannah Helmey, Emory University

 

166. Marbella Cervantes- UIC

 

167. Elizabeth Aguilar, University of Central Florida

 

168. Tara Maloney, St. Olaf College

 

169. Amber Scott, Claremont McKenna College

 

170. Alexander Bacchus, Middlebury College

 

171. Thea Lund, St. Olaf College

 

172. Phoebe Gunther-Mohr, University of Vermont

 

173. Emmanuel Choi, Berklee College of Music

 

174. Emmet Mahdavi, Bard College

 

175. Erika Lin, University of California Santa Cruz

 

176. Anwyn Darrow, University of Vermont

 

177. Shaheen Bharwani, Middlebury College

 

178. Sophie Swallow, Middlebury College

 

179. Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom, UVM

 

180. Molly Rose-Williams, Middlebury College

 

181. Yael Platt, Brandeis University

 

182. Georgiann Steely, St. Olaf College

 

183. Aoife Duna, Middlebury College

 

184. Ruby Edlin, Middlebury College

 

185. Ahmara Smith, Savannah college of art and design

 

186. Kyle J. Wright, Middlebury College ’19

 

187. Kaitlyn Francis, Middlebury College

 

188. Arleigh Truesdale, St. Olaf College

 

189. Charlotte Cahillane, Middlebury College

 

190. Vang Thao, St Olaf College

 

191. Lilia Escobar, St. Olaf College

 

192. Graham Glennon, St. Olaf College

 

193. Alexis Finemyn

 

194. Rika Kimonaka, Northeastern University

 

195. Shannia Fu, Middlebury College

 

196. Greyson Gove, Pomona College

 

197. Rick Hong Manayan, Wesleyan University

 

198. Kayla Carlson, St. Olaf College

 

199. Ján Tompkins, Anglo-American University, Prague

 

200. Catherine Stookey, St. Olaf College

 

201. Maya Peers Nitzberg, Middlebury College ‘16.5

 

202. Nina Sweeney, Middlebury College

 

203. Brenda Quintanilla, Loyola Marymount University ’19

 

204. Katherine Novey, Middlebury College, ’20

 

205. Magen Eissenstat (Rice University ’17)

 

206. Alex Brockelman, Middlebury College ’18

 

207. Luke Rein, College of Charleston

 

208. Emma Walker, Middlebury College ’18

 

209. Katie Willis, Middlebury College ’12

 

210. Rose Hoffman, Bennington College ’20

 

211. Carley Tsiames, Amherst College

 

212. Hannah Habermann, Middlebury ’18

 

213. Genevieve Darling, Hamilton College ’18

 

214. Gillian Durkee, Middlebury College ‘11.5

 

215. Lily Oyler, Middlebury College alum (‘15.5)

 

216. Joanna Georgakas, Middlebury College ’14

 

217. Maddie Dai, Middlebury College ’14

 

218. Avery Travis, Middlebury College ’18

 

219. Dokter Snus, Middlebury College ’13

 

220. Hana Gebremariam, Middlebury College ’17

 

221. Sandra Markowitz, Middlebury College ‘15.5

 

222. Paige Guarino, Middlebury ‘18.5

 

223. Kim Ammons, Middlebury College ’11

 

224. Thomas Brummett Cranbrook Acadamy of Art MFA 1983

 

225. Surya Tubach, Middlebury College

 

226. Devon Tomasi, Middlebury College ’17

 

227. Michael Wegter, St. Olaf college ’18

 

228. Caroline Carty, Carleton College ’20

 

229. Audrey Tolbert, Middlebury College ’13

 

230. Morgan Gorst, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

231. Samantha Gaines, Middlebury College

 

232. Prasanna Vankina, Middlebury College ’18

 

233. Jason Milan

 

234. Gabriel Coleman, St. Olaf College ’17

 

235. Zach Howe, Middlebury College ’11

 

236. Kiana Cateriano, Middlebury College class of 2015.5

 

237. Amity Calvin, Middlebury College ’16

 

238. Sofi Hecht, Middlebury College ’18

 

239. Cora Kircher, Middlebury College class of 2020

 

240. Therese Ton, Swarthmore College ’19

 

241. Curtis Mraz, University of Puget Sound ’18

 

242. Jeremy Alben, Middlebury College ’18

 

243. Rebecca Berry, Middlebury College, ‘16.5

 

244. James Kipp, Middlebury College

 

245. Sara Swett Middlebury College 2017

 

246. Alexandra Bertagnolli King, Middlebury College class of 2010

 

247. Lewis Nottonson, Middlebury College ’19

 

248. Diana Luna, Middlebury College ’16

 

249. Jan Shireman, parent of Alumni

 

250. Emily Cipriani Middlebury College ‘19.5

 

251. Bianca Howell, Yale University

 

252. Sasha Rivera, Middlebury ’12

 

253. Sumner Pitt, Saint Olaf College ’19

 

254. Shan Zeng, Middlebury College ’19

 

255. Emily Newman, St. Olaf College ’17

 

256. Sam Catlin, The University of Chicago, Middlebury College ‘14.5

 

257. Sabrina Munsterteiger, University of Minnesota

 

258. Victoria Burns, University of Iowa

 

259. Cara Levine, Middlebury College ’20

 

260. Emma Webster, Bard College ’17

 

261. Octavio Hingle-Webster, Middlebury Class of ’17

 

262. Ann Surber, Wesleyan University

 

263. James Wheeler, St. Olaf College

 

264. Angie Bush, University of Utah ’09

 

265. Alexandra Griffin, Williams College ’19

 

266. Naomi Chalk, St. Olaf College ’18

 

267. Kjersti Anderson, St. Olaf College ’17

 

268. Adilene Alvarado Saint Mary’s College of California

 

269. James Scott, Middlebury College ’19

 

270. Liam Hannan, St Olaf College ’18

 

271. James Scott, Middlebury College ’19

 

272. Maree ReMalia, Middlebury College

 

273. Silvia Cantu Bautista, Middlebury College ’20

 

274. Irene Henry, St. Olaf College

 

275. Lucy Jermyn, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

 

276. Sam Snyder, Middlebury College ’17

 

277. Sharai Lewis-Gruss, Middlebury College ’07

 

278. Kristina Butler, St. Olaf College ’17

 

279. Pearl McAndrews, St. Olaf College

 

280. Terri Strassburger, Syracuse U

 

281. Jared Smith, Middlebury College ’13

 

282. Phoebe Martel

 

283. Justin Martinez, St. Olaf College ’20

 

284. Jackie Park

 

285. Lucy Nussbaum, Middlebury College ’19

 

286. Fraser Query

 

287. Zubair Khan, UMD ’19

 

288. Emma Urbaska, University of Vermont ’21

 

289. Tarik Shahzad, Middlebury College Class of ’20

 

290. Kjersa Anderson, St. Olaf College ’18

 

291. Jenna Haywood, University of California Santa Cruz

 

292. Maggy Mulhern, Middlebury College ’17

 

293. Allegra Molkenthin, Middlebury College

 

294. Julie White, Prescott College ’16

 

295. Olivia Collens, Middlebury College ’18

 

296. Nathan Rose, Middlebury College ‘18.5

 

297. Allie Aiello, Middlebury College ’17

 

298. Lucy Nussbaum, Middlebury College ’19

 

299. Amitai Ben-Abba, Middlebury College ’15

 

300. Julia Beck, Middlebury College

 

301. Lorena Neira, Middlebury College ’17

 

302. Sarah Willstein, St. Olaf College ’19

 

303. Denise Hingle, parent of Middlebury Student

 

304. Demetrius Brown, St. Olaf

 

305. Camille Ross-Williams, Concordia University ’20

 

306. Mercy Garriga, St Olaf College, ’18

 

307. Kashka Kril-Atkins, University of Toronto

 

308. Kathleen Wilson, Middlebury College ‘18.5

 

309. Emily Cox, Middlebury College ’17

 

310. Georgia Grace Edwards, Middlebury College ’18

 

311. Grace Murtha-Paradis

 

312. Dillon Cathro, St. Olaf College

 

313. Jessica Dils, Parent, Middlebury College

 

314. Isabela Torres, Amherst College ’19

 

315. Brittany Kembel, St. Olaf College, ‘16

 

316. Efren Ramirez Jr., VP of CUBe, St. Olaf ’18

 

317. Josh Schneider, Co-Director, Cascadia Action Network

 

318. Asha Rao, Co-Director, Cascadia Action Network

 

319. Jennifer Crandall, Middlebury College

 

320. Alyne Goncalves, Middlebury College

 

321. Paola Reyes, Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán

 

322. Emily Butka, St. Olaf College

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4 Responses to “Open Letter to President Patton”

  1. Richard Keefe on May 4th, 2017 11:37 am

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Murray as a “white nationalist”

    This is the same SPLC that claims that the largest category of “hate group” in the land is Black and/or Muslim.

    The company counted 201 Black and Black Muslim groups for 2016, which far outnumbers its 130 alleged Klan groups outright, and all of its alleged neo-Nazi, racist skinhead and white nationalist groups by two-to-one, respectively.

    The SPLC claims that the number of number of “hate groups” nationwide grew by 133 between 2014 and 2016. By its own accounting, 80 of those groups, or nearly two-thirds of the increase, came from Black “hate groups.”

    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/black-separatist

    The SPLC also claims that its 101 anti-Muslim “hate groups” pose an existential threat, but nobody in the media seems to believe that the SPLC’s 89 Muslim “hate groups” are even newsworthy. That’s nearly a one-to-one ratio and yet no one is reporting on it.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-N9

    If the SPLC are going to be your go-to “experts” then you have to accept ALL of their claims, no matter how patently ridiculous they are.

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  2. The Alumni on May 8th, 2017 12:21 pm

    So dangerous a figure…

    Alumni weekend should be a hoot!

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  3. Peter Straube on May 9th, 2017 11:37 am

    This letter begins by identifying the signatories as “academics who value maintaining college campuses as spaces that encourage critical thinking and that serve as welcoming and democratic spaces for ALL [emphasis added]”. But the rest of the letter argues for exactly the opposite. Apparently “for all” should rightly exclude those whose ideas happen to offend us, which suggests that you don’t really believe in free speech after all–only when it’s comfortable and validates everyone’s prior beliefs (which of course is impossible). That sounds like censorship, not academic freedom. Is it really your belief that we should shield students from having to engage with ideas that challenge their values?

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  4. Kaitlin Sweeney on May 17th, 2017 9:57 am

    This group is literally the reason why this keeps happening on campuses. Rather than talking to students about the proper way to handle even the most offensive speech you provide them a pass by signing on to a worthless letter that only encourages and enables bad behavior.

    Individuals are 100% responsible for their behavior and no one else. Provocation is not a justified excuse for violating the rules of Middlebury and certainly not a defense to assaulting individuals (including a faculty member). In this case the students are entirely to blame. Life after college will not be so kind and you are providing a disservice to these students by blaming the university for inviting a controversial, even hateful or racist speaker. Protest yes. Engage in civil disobedience yes. But when you do decide to protest or engage in civil disobedience you also must be prepared for what may flow from those actions. The best way to fight hateful ideas is to utilize an intelligent rebuttal, not screaming and yelling. That never solves a damn thing.

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