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Charles Murray to Discuss Free Speech Problems on College Campuses

Institute for Policy Innovation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 12, 2017
CONTACT: Erin Humiston, (972) 874-5139, or
DALLAS—– Noted political scientist and author Charles Murray comes to Dallas on Friday, October 20, to share his concerns about the state of free speech on college campuses as part of the Institute for Policy Innovation’s Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series.
Murray, author of Coming Apart, Losing Ground, and The Bell Curve, has been a target of protests at college campuses across the United States, the most violent of which took place in March at Vermont’s Middlebury College—“The Middlebury Riot.” In remarks, Murray will share his firsthand experience with the lack of free speech at colleges and universities, and discuss the real-world consequences of shielding students from intellectual diversity.
The program will also include a panel of students from Dallas’s Southern Methodist University (SMU) who will discuss the school’s decision earlier this semester to relocate an annual September 11 tribute of nearly 3,000 American flags from the University’s Dallas Hall Lawn.
“College is supposed to be where students learn to evaluate new ideas and points of view, said IPI president Tom Giovanetti. If this growing intolerance of free speech on campus continues, students could become leaders who are intolerant of ideas they disagree with, which doesn’t bode well for free speech in society at large.”
“Our goal for this luncheon is to shine a light on this problem, and encourage students to evaluate divergent opinions, rather than closing their minds by shutting down speech,” said Giovanetti.
IPI’s Hatton W. Sumners Lecture Series lunch takes place at noon on Friday, October 20, at the Intercontinental Dallas in Addison.

 The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) is an independent, nonprofit public policy organization based in Irving. For questions regarding IPI's Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series, please contact Erin Humiston at (972) 874-5139, or