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    FIRE to Reddit: Ask Us Anything!

    By on July 7, 2014

    Reddit’s /r/IAmA community boasts opportunities to ask questions of some of the most famous and interesting people on the planet—or in orbit. Here’s how it works: A poster introduces himself, “I am a …” and solicits questions: “Ask me anything.”

    Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, FIRE will post in the subreddit and welcome our readers to ask us anything! I’ll be ready to answer questions about our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, civil liberties on campus more generally, or whatever other topics Redditors are interested in.

    To the Reddit newbies: Registering a [...] » Read More

     

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    Only One Week Left to Apply for the FIRE Student Network Conference!

    By on July 7, 2014

    We are just three weeks away from the annual FIRE Student Network Conference at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

    Bryn Mawr means “big hill” in Welsh, and students who care about free speech face a big uphill battle. That’s why it is vital that passionate and dedicated students work with each other, FIRE’s expert staff, and our roster of guest speakers to gain the knowledge necessary to fight that battle. Together, we can create an atmosphere of freedom on college campuses.

    Students interested in attending must apply now to have a chance to attend, as only a few spots remain [...] » Read More

     

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    A Major, Exciting FIRE Announcement Is On Its Way

    By on July 1, 2014

    Today at 1 p.m. Eastern time, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and others will be at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to make a major announcement that we’re confident Torch readers won’t want to miss. If you head to thefire.org a few minutes before 1 p.m., you’ll be presented with the opportunity to livestream the press conference to your browser.

    Drawing on our 15 years of experience defeating unconstitutional and illiberal campus speech codes, FIRE will be announcing the launch of a bold new initiative to reset the incentives that currently push colleges towards censoring student and faculty speech. With FIRE’s [...] » Read More

     

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    The Biggest FIRE Student Network Conference Yet Is Just Four Weeks Away!

    By on June 30, 2014

    In just four short weeks, passionate and dedicated students from across the nation will descend on Bryn Mawr College, just outside Philadelphia, for a weekend of education, strategy, and workshopping. Their goal: the reinstitution and protection of fundamental individual rights in academia.

    Joined by professional advocates for free expression such as renowned author and scholar Jonathan Rauch, Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy, and First Amendment lawyer Robert Corn-Revere, FIRE will arm student attendees with all the tools necessary for reversing the tide of restrictive speech policies and stifling campus atmospheres.

    Students interested in attending must apply now to have a [...] » Read More

     

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    FSN Conference Application Deadline Extended to July 16

    By on June 25, 2014

    The application deadline for the sixth annual FIRE Student Network Conference has just been extended to Wednesday, July 16!

    The conference will take place July 25–27 at Bryn Mawr College just outside of Philadelphia. Students interested in attending must apply now to have a chance to attend, as only a few spots remain and latecomers will be placed on a waiting list.

    FIRE will cover all expenses associated with the conference, including meals, accommodations, and up to $300 for travel. Students can apply for the conference here and join the FIRE Student Network here. See you [...] » Read More

     

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    Apply Before It’s Too Late! Deadline for FSN Conference Applications Is Tomorrow!

    By on June 24, 2014

    The FIRE Student Network will be accepting applications until tomorrow at midnight for its annual summer conference taking place July 25–27. This three-day conference is well worth your time. Jam-packed with opportunities to form friendships with students like you, hang out with FIRE staff, receive a crash course in FIRE cases and First Amendment issues, and enjoy delicious food and fellowship at Bryn Mawr College, this is a conference you’ll be glad you attended. The FSN Conference is free to attend and open to current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen. Housing [...] » Read More

     

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    One Week Left to Apply for FIRE’s Summer Conference! Space Is Limited!

    By on June 18, 2014

    There is just one week left to apply for the FIRE Student Network Summer Conference!

    Students are invited to attend FIRE’s annual conference, held July 25–27 at Bryn Mawr College. The conference is free and FIRE will cover expenses associated with the conference including meals, accommodations, and up to $300 for travel. Read more about the conference here and apply here.

    This is a conference that you won’t want to miss—but don’t take my word for it! Check out what last year’s attendees had to say:

    “While the sessions and speeches were terrific, the biggest strength of [...] » Read More

     

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    FIRE Speakers at 2014 AAUP Conference

    By on June 11, 2014

    FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, Will Creeley, and Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, Peter Bonilla, will be speaking tomorrow at the 2014 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Conference. Their presentation will cover the current campus climate for academic freedom, and they’ll discuss FIRE’s work defending professors’ academic freedom and free speech rights. If you are planning on attending the AAUP conference, be sure to check out their presentation at 10 a.m. tomorrow!

    See the rest of the conference program here.

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    Win Prizes at the FIRE Student Network Summer Conference!

    By on June 10, 2014

    This year’s FIRE Student Network Conference just got a little bit more competitive! The weekend-long student rights extravaganza will now include a social media competition and a “best of” events competition. The contests will showcase the creativity and talent of student attendees.

    All of us at FIRE are constantly impressed by the events our FSN members hold to raise awareness of student rights on campus. To celebrate the ingenuity of our illustrious conference-goers, FIRE will be awarding the student with the best event submission a 30-minute Skype session with the FIRE speaker of their choice and a [...] » Read More

     

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    Apply for the FIRE Student Network Summer Conference!

    By on June 5, 2014

    There is still time to apply for the FIRE Student Network Summer Conference, but do not delay—applications are due June 25! This year’s conference is taking place July 25–27 at Bryn Mawr College and is free to attend. Housing and meals will also be provided, so all attendees can focus on networking with speakers, FIRE staff, and other student advocates from across the nation.

    This year’s speakers include Jonathan Rauch, author of Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought; Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids; and Bob Corn-Revere of the Washington, D.C. law [...] » Read More

     

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