FIRE Student Network Conference

Learn about the philosophical and legal arguments for student rights on campus and how you can improve the culture of free speech at your school.

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What People Are Saying

“I would highly, highly recommend this conference to friends. I learned so much and I think more students ought to learn what their rights truly are.

“While the sessions and speeches were terrific, the biggest strength of the program was the outstanding opportunity to get to know other students working on their campuses to expand student rights.”

“I would recommend this conference in a heartbeat! It was a terrifically rewarding and intellectually stimulating weekend and I am so grateful to have been able to attend.”

“As was pointed out at the conference — administrators often get away with their policies because students don’t know what their rights are. Education is the most important aspect of progress in free speech.

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Speakers

Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is the author of six books, including Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, National Journal and The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Jonathan makes regular appearances on radio and television programs and this is the second FIRE summer conference at which Jonathan will be speaking.

Lenore Skenazy is one of America’s best-known advocates for encouraging young people’s independence—something that America’s college administrators might take a lesson from when it comes to students! She is the author of Free-Range Kids and the creator of the Free-Range Kids website. Beginning with an article about allowing her nine-year-old to ride the subway alone in NYC, Skenazy’s work promoting independence for young people has sparked a national conversation about parenting, risk, and independence. She is also a regular columnist, civil liberties proponent, and host of TLC International reality show, World’s Worst Mom.

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Location & Dates

  • We will begin with a reception on Friday afternoon and end with lunch on Sunday.
  • Housing and meals will be provided for all attendees.
  • Students must attend the full conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.
  • We welcome all current students at American colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen.

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
July 25–27, 2014

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