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Questions for Those Who Shut Down Murray

David Stoll, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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On behalf of President Donald J. Trump, I would like to thank the protesters who prevented other people from hearing Charles Murray’s last week. The Trump administration is under siege by investigators and subpoenas. But you provided...

Why We Should Listen to the Protesters

Juan Andrade-Vera, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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When I engage with fellow students, I start by asking questions. This past week I often asked, or some form of, “do you think that currently, and historically, there has existed a power imbalance between whites and POC’s/poor...

Toward Community Healing

Jeremy Stratton-Smith, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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Over the past week, there has been a slew of media coverage of the protest and surrounding events that occurred on Thursday, March 2nd in response to Charles Murray [CM] arriving on campus to give a lecture. There are many narratives cir...

Letter to the Editor

Jacob M. Appel, Non-Middlebury Reader

March 9, 2017

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Dear Editors: One does not have to agree with Charles Murray’s ideas, or even to be interested in hearing him speak, to be deeply disturbed by the efforts of Middlebury College students to silence him.  The advantage of livi...

Rethinking the Consequences of Neutrality

Tyler McDowell, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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I wore a suit to protest Charles Murray. I now need to explain that choice, for the record, for anyone who thinks it's a neutral fashion statement, and more importantly for the friends whose trust I fractured with the deci...

Vilification from the Protesters

Wentao Zhai, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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The controversy centered on Mr. Murray’s talk last week taught me how exaggerated some protesters’ rhetoric can become when used to vilify their ideological opponents. In my opinion, part of their rhetoric is not only mora...

Letter to President Patton

Peter Knobler, Middlebury Alum

March 9, 2017

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Dear President Patton: I question the decision to offer the imprimatur of Middlebury’s forum to Mr. Murray. The College can do better than lend its stature to a man of such racism and bigotry. It can encourage intellectual div...

Shine A Light on Abhorrent Ideas, Don’t Shovel Them Under

Peter Mandel, Middlebury Alum

March 9, 2017

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There’s little doubt that we are living in loud times.  Many of us have an understandable wish to turn it down.  Stop the sound, we think and maybe, somehow, we can find sanity in the ensuing silence. Still, it’s hard ...

A Sad Day On Campus

Ata Anzali, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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Twenty years ago, I was a sophomore at Tehran Polytechnic. In addition to being one of the most prestigious universities in Iran, our campus was also known for its lively political and intellectual environment. The student organi...

A Lesson?

Bettina Matthias, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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Earlier last week, a letter made it to my inbox which I was asked to sign. In this letter, members of the faculty voiced their opposition to the idea that President Patton would introduce controversial speaker Dr. Charles Murray befo...

Letter to the Editor

Richard W. Porter, Middlebury Alum

March 9, 2017

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Dear President Patton, I am sorry to make your acquaintance in the wake of such ugliness at Middlebury. Obviously, the scope and the scale of the Honor Code violations that occurred at the American Enterprise Club event pr...

This Is Not My Protest: Navigating Uncertainty in the Wake of the Murray Talk

James Scott, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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I acknowledge that my views may not sit well with some of my Middlebury peers. I also encourage everyone — whether or not you initially agree — to try to sit with this discomfort and question its origin. I showed up an h...

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