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Thursday, Oct 6, 2022

Letter from Middlebury Faculty

Dear President Patton,


We the undersigned faculty respectfully request that you, as our president, cancel your introductory remarks at the Charles Murray event on Thursday.


Mr. Murray is, as you know, a discredited ideologue paid by the American Enterprise Institute to promote public policies targeting people of color, women and the poor. His work has employed a combination of eugenics and other pseudo-science that has time and time again shown to be based on false premises, inadequate research and erroneous conclusions. He is not an academic nor a “critically acclaimed” public scholar, but a well-funded phony. His research is an insult to the intellectual integrity of Middlebury College. To introduce him—even to critique his arguments—only lends legitimacy to his ideas as worth engaging with.


To be clear, this is not a case of disagreeing with the ideas of a fellow scholar. Rather, this is to recognize that this event was organized by a chapter of the American Enterprise Institute, is funded by the AEI, and that Mr. Murray has been peddling AEI propaganda as a “public scholar” since the 1990s. Let the AEI be responsible for explaining to the College and the wider community why they hosted someone whose scholarship has been thoroughly discredited and who denies the basic human dignity of members of our community.


Rather than lend legitimacy to this event, we respectfully request you stand up for a campus that is intellectually open and culturally diverse, but one that does not fall prey to the designs of external organizations who peddle partisan propaganda in the guise of “public scholarship.”


Respectfully,


Tara Affolter, Assistant Professor, Education Studies


Holly Allen, Assistant Professor, American Studies


Molly Anderson, Professor, Food Studies


Dima Ayoub, Assistant Professor, Arabic


Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies


Jim Berg, Visiting Assistant Professor, English and American Literatures


Sony Bolton, Postdoctoral Fellow in Spanish


Susan Burch, Professor, American Studies


Maggie Clinton, Assistant Professor, History


Carolyn Craven, Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics


Adam Dean, Assistant Professor, Political Science


Laurie Essig, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies


Florence Feiereisen, Associate Professor, German


Irina Feldman, Assistant Professor, Spanish


J Finley, Assistant Professor, American Studies


Ellery Foutch, Assistant Professor, American Studies


Juana Gamero de Coca, Associate Professor, Spanish


Randall Ganiban, Professor, Classics


Eliza Garrison, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture


Gloria Gonzalez-Zenteno, Associate Professor, Spanish


Roman Graf, Professor, German


Ben Graves, Visiting Instructor, English and American Literatures


William Hart, Associate Professor, History


Rachael Joo, Assistant Professor, American Studies


Antonia Losano, Professor, English and American Literatures


Joyce Mao, Associate Professor, History


Peter Matthews, Professor, Economics


Bettina Matthias, Professor, German


Tamar Mayer, Professor, Geography


Jamie McCallum, Assistant Professor, Sociology-Anthropology


Sujata Moorti, Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies


Kevin Moss, Professor, Russian


Linus Owens, Associate Professor, Sociology-Anthropology


Nicholas Poppe, Assistant Professor, Spanish


William Poulin-Deltour, Associate Professor, French


Fernando Rocha, Associate Professor, Portuguese


Daniel Rodrigues-Navas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy


Marcos Rohena-Madrazo, Assistant Professor, Spanish


Patricia Saldarriaga, Professor, Spanish


Paula Schwartz, Professor, French


Michael Sheridan, Associate Professor, Sociology-Anthropology


Daniel Silva, Assistant Professor, Portuguese


Usama Soltan, Associate Professor, Arabic


John Spackman, Associate Professor, Philosophy


Carly Thomsen, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies


Rebecca Tiger, Associate Professor, Sociology-Anthropology


Jacob Tropp, Professor, History


Ioana Uricaru, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Culture


Edward Vazquez, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture


Hector Vila, Assistant Professor, Writing


Max Ward, Assistant Professor, History


Marion Wells, Associate Professor, English and American Literatures


Linda White, Associate Professor, Japanese


Carrie Wiebe, Professor, Chinese


Mark Williams, Professor, Political Science


Catharine Wright, Senior Lecturer, Writing-GSFS


Orian Zakai, Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Hebrew


Patricia Zupan, Professor, Italian



Middlebury Faculty write in about Charles Murray’s 3/2 talk.


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