FIRE’s Largest Student Conference Yet Begins Today!

By July 19, 2013

FIRE’s 2013 Campus Freedom Network Conference begins today! Students from across the country are heading to Bryn Mawr College for FIRE’s largest CFN Conference yet. The conference will kick off this evening with a meet and greet followed by an address from noted author and news analyst Juan Williams.  Tomorrow, attendees have a packed day with talks from FIRE staff on student rights and break-out sessions on topics such as “Your FIRE Case: Knowing When You Have One, Documenting it, and Publicizing it,” and “Student Media, Campus Newspapers, and the First Amendment.” Students will also hear from Robert Corn-Revere, an expert in First Amendment law and the lead counsel for Hayden Barnes in Barnes v. Zaccari, a federal civil rights case with major implications for student rights on campus. After dinner, attendees will hear from journalist Megan McArdle of Bloomberg and get to know their fellow free speech-loving counterparts at a reception.  Sunday kicks off with a program, “Free Speech in Jeopardy!,” created and run by FIRE’s summer interns, followed by a panel discussion with students who have successfully fought censorship on their own campuses. After a closing luncheon, students will head home armed with the tools they need to promote free speech and student rights at their schools.  Make sure you follow FIRE on Facebook and Twitter (@TheFIREorg) to see our updates from the conference! We will be using #FIRE2013.