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An Initial Statement on the Principles of Inclusivity, Civil Freedoms and Community

Middlebury Faculty for an Inclusive Community

May 11, 2017

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This document represents an initial statement on the principles of inclusivity, civil freedoms, and community, drafted by a group of more than 40 faculty members at Middlebury, which formed in the wake of March 2nd. We share it ...

Open Letter to President Patton

Multiple Authors

May 3, 2017

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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 the “Staff Appreciation Day” Spread

Hye-Jin Kim, Middlebury Student

May 3, 2017

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I would’ve liked to know more about staff members’ personal interests, hobbies and opinions about the College. Questions that were more critical of the way students treat staff would’ve been more valuable (and interesting...

The Need for More Protests

Divesh "Parli" Rizal, Middlebury Student

May 3, 2017

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The remarkable series of events that followed the announcement of Charles Murray’s visit to campus contains more than a few lessons for both the community and the individuals. The debate of free speech and Murray’s legitimac...

An Invitation to Inquiry

Jonathan Miller-Lane, Middlebury Faculty

May 3, 2017

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The context in which we do our work in higher education has changed dramatically in recent decades and these changes have an impact on our specific experience at Middlebury. Institutions such as Georgetown, Brown, Harvard, Pr...

Learning to Engage the World

Carly Thomsen, Middlebury Faculty

May 3, 2017

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A couple of weeks prior to Charles Murray’s much-discussed visit to Middlebury, I was asked to write a piece on student activism for a spread that the Campus had intended to put together on the topic. In the wake of Charles ...

Donald Trump and Raúl Castro Will Not Shake Hands

Orestes Rafael Betancourt Ponce de León, Middlebury Student

May 3, 2017

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On November 8th, 2016, perhaps you did not sleep from disbelief, joy, or rage. In Havana, the nomenklatura of the communist party also lost sleep; a new situation emerged that broke the plans of a diplomatic approach prepared ...

Open Debate, Free Speech and Respect On Campus

Bert Johnson, Middlebury Faculty

April 26, 2017

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What did I just do? Last week in the Middlebury Campus newspaper I published an apology for the “closed decisionmaking process” by which I offered a departmental co-sponsorship to the Charles Murray event earlier this y...

Leave Your Attitudes at Home

Esme Valette, Middlebury Class of 2016

April 26, 2017

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Donald Trump has proclaimed April as “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” affirming his commitment to reducing and ultimately ending sexual violence in our Nation. Kind of ironic coming from the man who...

A Letter From a Professor on Leave

Jon Isham, Middlebury Faculty

April 26, 2017

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In “A Letter to the Well-Intentioned Liberal Professor” (April 12), Travis Sanderson states that Middlebury faculty whose “support of ‘free speech’ ... does not include protection of shut-downs and other methods of expressio...

Free Speech vs. Elevated Speech

Elizabeth Lee, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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“Let him speak,” I hear some of my peers say, looking upon the Charles Murray protest with distaste. “He has a right to free speech.” As a firm believer in debate and civil discourse, I wonder if such a critique may be misg...

Nuance, Free Speech and Responsibility

Erik Bleich, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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Like many who have written already, I want to provide my perspective on the events during Charles Murray’s recent visit. I write as a professor of political science, a scholar of free speech and hate speech, a teacher of cour...

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