FIRE Announces New ‘Guide to Free Speech on Campus’

July 18, 2012

FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus

PHILADELPHIA, July 18, 2012—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is proud to announce the second edition of our Guide to Free Speech on Campus.

First published in 2005, FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus has been distributed to more than 138,000 students, faculty members, alumni, administrators, and citizens across the country as a tool to fight censorship on campus. The newly revised second edition of the Guide has been fully updated for today’s students, paying special attention to student expression in the Facebook era and providing readers with new examples from FIRE’s case archives, important updates from state and federal case law, and incisive analysis. Students may receieve a free hard copy by contacting FIRE, while electronic copies in popular e-reader formats are free to the public.

"FIRE’s newly revised Guide to Free Speech on Campus is both enlightening and empowering. It should inspire students and faculty to exercise their free speech rights vigorously and to defend freedom of speech for every member of the campus community," said Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School, former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991–2008), and member of FIRE’s Board of Editors. "With fresh examples relevant to today’s college campus, the Guide draws from historical, legal, and practical sources to arm its readers with the knowledge needed to promote the freedom, meaningful debate, and openness upon which our society depends for its continuing vitality."

Founded in 1999, FIRE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and sustaining rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.  

The second edition of the Guide was edited by FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley. Lukianoff’s new book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, will be published by Encounter Books on October 23, 2012.

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FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus
244 pages, 5 x 8
ISBN 978-0-615-56296-4
Publication date: July 18, 2012
To order, visit thefire.org. For review copies and interview requests, contact Will Creeley, Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, will@thefire.org.