After what happened the last time Murray visited Middlebury, it’s shocking that he agreed to return.

The Vermont Digger reports:

Middlebury College Republicans invite Charles Murray back to campus

The Middlebury College Republicans announced Wednesday that they have invited controversial conservative author and speaker Charles Murray to speak on campus in March — and that Murray has accepted the invitation.

Murray was scheduled to speak at Middlebury in 2017, but massive student protests that ended in violence resulted in the event being canceled. Ultimately, Murray delivered his talk via live-stream on the school’s website. The series of events captured national press attention and attracted public outrage.

The student organizers said they hope the upcoming event will give Murray what he was denied in 2017: the chance to speak on campus.

Murray is set to speak on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, the same auditorium where he was shouted down in 2017.

Dominic Aiello and Brendan Philbin, co-presidents of the Middlebury College Republicans, wrote an op-ed in the Middlebury Campus explaining their reasoning for bringing Murray to campus, and their process in planning the event.

“We believe that the way the administration and the protestors handled the 2017 event was a stain on Middlebury’s reputation and a betrayal of its mission of ‘creating a world with a robust and inclusive public sphere,’ per the college’s Policy on Open Expression,” the students wrote.


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