Murray lecture moves after fire alarm soundsMarch 24, 2011
By Al Krastev
Raised security measures failed to prevent the abrupt interruption of Wednesday’s lecture by Charles Murray.
Twenty minutes into Murray’s talk, “Taking Happiness Seriously,” the Carpenter Hall fire alarm forced the audience out of the building. Intially, the speaker stood at the podium by event sponsor President Doug Bennett and attempted to continue, despite the loud alarm. However, everyone in the building was soon escorted out. ...
The fire alarm in LBC went off towards the end of the reception, interrupting Murray a second time.
Knight said she does not believe the incident would affect Earlham’s image in any way.
Yesterday and today we’ve been having a thick discussion on the Faculty listserv around the interruption of Charles Murray’s lecture at Earlham on Wednesday night. A good deal of the discussion has focused on the question of whether he should have been invited at all.
Sure, Malcolm Gladwell costs vastly more than Charles Murray and is kind of an idiot, but no thugs try to disrupt Gladwell's orations, and since the Great and Good are on the thugs' side, Malcolm's worth it.