by Payton Knobeloch, Katie Lillard
Virginia Tech is no stranger to inviting groundbreaking and influential speakers to its campus. But the university’s newest guest is causing a stir among students and faculty alike.
Charles Murray gained notoriety for his work with Richard Herrnstein on the 1994 book “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.” The book focuses on the pair’s findings regarding IQ and intelligence and their influencers. Most notably, the book is infamous for linking an individual’s intelligence to his or her race.
News of Murray’s visit has caused considerable backlash, most notably in an open letter by University President Dr. Timothy Sands. Sands called Murray’s work “a flawed socioeconomic theory that has been used by some to justify fascism, racism and eugenics.”
Murray himself since fired back in a letter to the editor in the Collegiate Times, arguing that he and his work have been misrepresented.