New: Raymond Kelly’s Lecture At Brown Closed Due To Disruptions
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Kelly was to have delivered the Taubman Center for Public Policy’s annual Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture titled, “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City.” The lecture, which was to have followed a standard format with nearly an hour set aside for direct audience questions, was free and open to the public.
The decision to close the lecture came after student activists and nearly 30 minutes of disruption by activist students and members of the local community. Loud shouting, persistent interruption, and coordinated chants made it impossible for the lecture to take place.
Disruptive members of the audience disregarded requests from deans, faculty, and University officials for the program to proceed in a civil and respectful manner, allowing time for remarks followed by questions and discussion.
“The actions that led to the closing of this afternoon’s lecture prevented any exchange of ideas and deprived the campus and the Providence community of an opportunity to hear and discuss important social issues,” said Christina H. Paxson, Brown University President. “The conduct of disruptive members of the audience is indefensible and an affront both to civil democratic society and to the University’s core values of dialog and the free exchange of views.”
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