I have found myself at Middlebury during a time when it seems the college cannot go a day without being mentioned in a news article or think piece.
Since March 2, 2017, when students protested a lecture by Charles Murray, the college has found itself at the center of what some have called the “free speech” crisis. (A recent study from the newly formed Free Speech Project at Georgetown University has persuasively argued that this is not actually any kind of crisis.)
At the time of the Murray protest, I was the news editor of The Middlebury Campus, the only student newspaper at Middlebury. Since then, I have gone on to become managing editor and now editor in chief for the 2018-2019 academic year. In my role as a reporter and editor, I have reported and edited many pieces of all kinds that deal with the state of free speech on college campuses and beyond.
You can view a timeline of my reporting on Murray here, including the live video of the protest I shot, which went viral.
In the fall of 2018, James O’Keefe came to Middlebury. He was in talks with students to speak officially at the college, but those talks fell through. Instead, he booked a room at a nearby hotel and spammed the college community with emails to lecture. Here’s my story.