Student Video Contest Announced and New ‘Voices of Vision’ Episode Available

By on June 3, 2008

Today FIRE announces some exciting additions to our multimedia project.

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our much-anticipated "Freedom on Campus" student video contest, where students from around the country have the opportunity to produce a short documentary on free speech controversies at their schools and win a $5,000 scholarship. Students can enter online, or print out the entry form here and mail it to:

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Attn: Student Video Contest
601 Walnut Street, Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106.

This is a great chance for students to get involved promoting liberty and sustaining individual rights on their campuses. Along with the $5,000 grand prize, the winner will receive an all-expenses paid invitation to the 2009 Campus Freedom Network Conference and will be featured on FIRE’s website. Two runners-up will receive $1,000 scholarships. FIRE is excited about the use of multimedia to spread the word about abuses to free speech rights on campuses and has already produced several short documentaries about cases FIRE has dealt with recently. These films can all be viewed on our multimedia page.

We are also pleased to unveil the second episode of the award-winning PBS television series Voices of Vision featuring FIRE. This 30-minute documentary highlights FIRE’s cases at Le Moyne College, where a graduate student was expelled for defending corporal punishment in the classroom; SUNY Fredonia, where a professor was denied promotion for publicly disagreeing with the university’s student conduct policies and affirmative action practices; and the University of New Hampshire, where a student was evicted from his dorm and forced to live out of his car for posting a flyer that joked about the "freshman 15." The film also gives a fresh, inside look into the daily operations of the FIRE office, the jobs of FIRE’s staff, and the way FIRE selects cases.

FIRE will continue adding new videos to the multimedia page in the future, so stay tuned!