From Abroad: A Letter to President Patton

By Middlebury Students Abroad, Middlebury Students

March 9, 2017

Although we are physically removed from Middlebury, we assure you that we are closely following campus events and are writing to register our disappointment with the administration’s handling and characterization of the events of March 2. We watched through social media as the protests were planned a...

Moving Beyond Rhetorical Resilience

By Jiya Pandya, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

There are a lot of words, links and thoughts being put out into my Facebook newsfeed with regards to last evening’s Charles Murray event by my Middlebury communities right now. Here is my very long spiel on every step of what has unfolded to be a messy, difficult, complicated process for us all. Step One:...

Why We Protest

By Anna Jacobsen, Joshua Claxton, and Austin Kahn

March 9, 2017

As soon as word got out that Middlebury College would host a lecture by Charles Murray (CM), students gathered and began organizing to ensure that he would not have a platform to share his ideas on our campus. Why did a large and diverse group of students put their lives on hold to plan and participat...

Questions for Those Who Shut Down Murray

By David Stoll, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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 a welcome distraction. From Steve Bannon’s point of view, it co...

Why We Should Listen to the Protesters

By Juan Andrade-Vera, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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 people, leading to an overvaluation of white voices and an undervaluat...

Toward Community Healing

By Jeremy Stratton-Smith, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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 circulating within campus networks as well as more broadly in the n...

Letter to the Editor

By Jacob M. Appel, Non-Middlebury Reader

March 9, 2017

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 living in a liberal democracy is that it affords numerous ways in which to ch...

Rethinking the Consequences of Neutrality

By Tyler McDowell, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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 decision. Background: AEI was hosting a dinner after the event during which people could enga...

Vilification from the Protesters

By Wentao Zhai, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

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 moralistic and unconstructive, but also inaccurate and hypocritical. Consider h...

Letter to President Patton

By Peter Knobler, Middlebury Alum

March 9, 2017

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 diversity by offering courses and events which include among their teachings, an...

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

By Peter Mandel, Middlebury Alum

March 9, 2017

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 to describe my astonishment and that of other (mostly middle-aged) alumni...

A Sad Day On Campus

By Ata Anzali, Middlebury Faculty

March 9, 2017

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 organizations, on both the left and the right, were highly active — too acti...

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