Middlebury College has been at the center of some fierce debates over speech and diversity on campus this past year. Back in March, Charles Murray - a social scientist whose ideas are viewed by many as racist - was shouted down on campus, and a violent confrontation followed his talk. The incident focused national attention on the college.
This week, the college joined with a national group that promotes free expression to host a discussion that addresses that issue head-on.
PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel was the moderator, and she spoke to Vermont Edition before the discussion.
Broadcast Thursday, Jan. 11 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.