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Frank Bruni tells college kids to embrace differences

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Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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NEW YORK TIMES columnist Frank Bruni sits before a capacity crowd at Wilson Hall on the Middlebury College campus last Wednesday before delivering a speech in which he stated that people closeting themselves in their own small communities has nurtured misunderstanding and conflicts. Below, Bruni urged America’s college students to give up on the idea that they will be emotionally safe on campus, and instead embrace the challenge of intellectual and cultural diversity. Independent photos/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — As a teenager in the early 1980s, New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni decided that in college he would live openly as a gay man.

But when he walked into his dorm room at the University of North Carolina for the first time and saw the enormous poster his new roommate had hung on the wall, which said, “Jesus invites you to a banquet in His honor,” Bruni changed his mind.

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