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IU Expects Protests For Controversial Speaker, Boosts Security

Indiana University Police are preparing for a protest during a talk by conservative political scientist Charles Murray Tuesday night.

The public policy think tank the American Enterprise Institute is sponsoring Murray’s presentation.

A group of more than 160 students, faculty and alumni has signed an open letter to IU President Michael McRobbie asking him to cancel the event.

"We believe that providing a platform to Charles Murray is highly irresponsible and detrimental to the university community," the letter says. "We call upon the involved parties to join us in openly denouncing Murray’s racist views, and to reconsider their decision to invite him to our campus."

In a statement, IU spokesperson Margie Smith-Simmons said, "As an institution, Indiana University cultivates an environment where a broad spectrum of ideas can be expressed and different viewpoints respected. Free expression, assembly and exchange of ideas are central to our educational mission as well as that of college campuses across the United States."

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Murray’s research is based on racist pseudo-science from Nazi sympathizers, eugenicists and advocates of white racial superiority.

In early March, protesters shut down an event at Middlebury College where Murray was speaking. Later that month, protesters disrupted a Murray lecture at Villanova University.

IUPD officers will lock down Franklin Hall starting at 4 p.m. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Police will be checking IDs and only students who have class or who are working in the building will be allowed to enter.

The event is free but restricted to students, faculty and staff.

This post has been updated. 

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