Monday, May 11, 2015

American Sniper Saga: UMD responds

As you know, I was furious at how UMD caved in when faced with a set of students who do not understand fully the concept of freedom of speech - in this case about the showing of the film American Sniper.

UMD has responded with the following:
Dear Lenny:
Thank you for your message to President Loh and for reaching out to voice your concerns regarding the decision to postpone the viewing of American Sniper. We understand this decision has caused a strong reaction, and we appreciate your feedback.

It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that a showing of American Sniper, sponsored by the UMD College Democrats and the UMD College Republicans, will happen on the University of Maryland campus on May 4th at the Hoff Theatre.  There will be no charge to students, and anyone who wishes to stay afterward will be invited to participate in a thoughtful dialogue.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Ann Tonggarwee
Assistant to the President
University of Maryland