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Ryszard Legutko, Middlebury College

April 2019
Middlebury College (Private college or university)
Middlebury, VT, USA

Identity of Speakers

  • Ryszard Legutko
    Faculty/Staff
    Invited for academic lecture

    Ryszard Antoni Legutko is a Polish philosopher and politician, and professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory.

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Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    University-sponsored lecture/address/panel
    Rally or protest
  • Incident Responses:
    University administration not protective of speech
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Incident Protested
  • Did not involve Speech Codes

Summary

Ryszard Legutko—a professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków—was invited by the Alexander Hamilton Forum to speak on his book “The Demon in Democracy” at Middlebury College. A few days before the scheduled event, students and professors circulated a petition to organize a protest of the event. The petition labeled Legutko a homophobe, racist, misogynist, sexist, and bigot. However, it appears that most people involved expected the protest to be non-disruptive. Three hours before Legutko’s event was scheduled, the school notified Legutko and all students that the event had been cancelled. The school claimed that the number of people wishing to attend the event and the protest had grown beyond what the school’s staff could safely handle. The school indicated to the Alexander Hamilton Forum that the college was open to a rescheduled visit from Legutko in the future.