Conservative speaker draws criticism in advance of Burlington critical race theory talk

Category: Education

Conservative provocateur Charlie Kirk is coming to Burlington.

And his Oct. 18 speaking event is already generating controversy — and confusion — among the Queen City’s residents. The originally advertised venue for the event is no longer hosting Kirk. And his appearance is not sponsored by the University of Vermont, even though the online event listing includes the institution’s name in its title.

Kirk is coming to Burlington as a part of his “Exposing Critical Racism Tour,” a speaking circuit that he’s bringing to college towns across the country. He is the founder of conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA, an organization that, according to its website, aims to “organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.”

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