FIRE staff members will be traveling to Florida State University (FSU) and North Carolina State University (NC State) to speak to student groups as a part of their Constitution Week celebrations. Azhar Majeed, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, will be speaking at FSU on “Fighting Back Against Speech Codes and Free Speech Zones at Florida State.” Robert Shibley, FIRE’s Senior Vice President, will be speaking at NC State on “Liberty in Peril: Speech Codes on Our Nation’s College Campuses.” Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in both areas are invited to hear the presentations.
FSU Program Information:
When: Thursday, September 18, [...] » Read More
Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Modesto, California, area are invited to hear FIRE Legislative and Policy Director Joe Cohn speak at Modesto Junior College, home of one of FIRE’s most noteworthy cases, tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Hall 212. Joe will be speaking about student rights on campus in honor of Constitution Day.
When: Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Founders Hall 212, Modesto Junior College’s East Campus
Who: Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty at Modesto Junior College
All are encouraged to attend!
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Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Boston area are invited to hear Catherine Sevcenko, FIRE’s Associate Director for Litigation, speak at Wellesley College today at 4:30 p.m. in Pendleton West 212. Catherine will be speaking about “Why Stopping Hate Speech is Harmful” as a part of The Freedom Project’s Fall 2015 lecture series.
When: Thursday, September 11, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Where: Pendleton West 212, Wellesley College
Who: Catherine Sevcenko, FIRE’s Associate Director for Litigation, sponsored by The Freedom Project
All are encouraged to attend!
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To celebrate the September 9 release of Freedom From Speech, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s forthcoming new (short) book, FIRE will be hosting a book launch party on Wednesday, September 10 at The 201 Bar in Washington, D.C.—and you’re invited!
If you live in the Washington, D.C., area and would like to attend the event, please RSVP today to reserve a ticket, since space is limited. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the author and FIRE staff over drinks and appetizers, as well as purchase signed copies of the book. Doors open at 6:00 [...] » Read More
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be appearing on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane this Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Greg’s appearance will preview speech-related issues on college campuses for the upcoming academic year. FIRE launched its Stand Up For Speech litigation project in July—a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits. The Stand Up For Speech project and other speech-related subjects, including trigger warnings and the disinvitation of commencement speakers, will be topics of discussion on Tuesday’s show. Greg will also be talking about his upcoming book, Freedom from Speech, which will be [...] » Read More
The FIRE Student Network is on the move!
Today, the FSN team and other FIRE staffers will be heading to the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, to attend the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) National Convention and connect with student activists from across the country.
The four-day convention brings together 300 YAL student leaders. Attendees will have the chance to hear from many exciting proponents of liberty including FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley.
Greg will be talking to attendees about how to create change on campus with his talk, [...] » Read More
After months of planning the conference, wrapping up last-minute details, and reading students’ enthusiastic conference applications, I cannot wait for the conference to begin on July 25 at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. Last year was my first time at the FSN Conference, and almost a year later, I am still moved by the keynote speakers, my colleagues that spoke, the students I met, and the stories I heard. Even late [...] » Read More
There’s just one day left to apply for the FIRE Student Network Conference! As it is, nearly 60 percent of the more than 400 schools in FIRE’s Spotlight database clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. The good news, however, is that this percentage has been declining consistently, if slowly, for six consecutive years. Established legal and moral doctrine are on our side, and we can win this battle for student rights. But we can’t do it alone.
We need your help. In just ten minutes, you can take a significant step towards accelerating the establishment of [...] » Read More
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
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.