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This year has seen a lot of activity around the theme of social justice in academia. Commitments to social justice are popping up in universities’ mission statements and on course syllabi across the humanities. The problem I see with any university proclamation is that the terms involved are often ill-defined. What does a college mean... Read more Read more


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The days between Christmas and New Year’s are often seen as a “dead zone,” especially with regard to nonprofits. Not so for FIRE though: we’ve kept shining sunlight on campus repression even in otherwise sleepy late December. Just to pick a couple of examples of the coverage we have gotten in the past few days,... Read more Read more


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An outrageous number of colleges and universities severely restrict their students’ expressive rights—so many that researching and analyzing these restrictions is my full-time job. As 2005 draws to a close, I would like to highlight just a few of the particularly outrageous (but, sadly, quite common) restrictions that I found in the course of my... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s press release from yesterday details some of the cases that made 2005 FIRE’s busiest year ever. If 2005 made anything clear, it is that no student, regardless of his or her views, is safe from censorship on today’s college and university campuses. This year, we intervened on behalf of students censored for expressing viewpoints... Read more Read more


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Check out the important article “A Time to Choose for the AHA in Philadelphia: Speech Codes and the Academic Bill of Rights,” by David Beito, K. C. Johnson, and Ralph E. Luker: At the meeting of the AHA [American Historical Association] Business Meeting on January 7 in Philadelphia, the members will have a rare opportunity... Read more Read more


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As 2005 comes to a close, I feel obligated to report on a disturbing new trend. Although the steady stream of cases we receive continues unabated, their nature has, thankfully, become less and less egregious since FIRE’s beginnings. Lately, however, FIRE has been seeing a new variation in the reports we get—a complete and utter... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 28, 2005—This past year was the most active yet for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE simply won too many battles for individual students, professors, and student groups’ rights to mention all of them now. Here is a sampling of the successes FIRE had during 2005: Vindicating the rights of... Read more Read more


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There has been a lot of talk the past few months about the “war on Christmas,” by which people generally mean the replacement of the religious symbols and language of Christmas with secular language and symbols of the holidays. This is often extended into an argument that there is a growing cultural hostility to the... Read more Read more


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As FIRE reflects on the events of the past twelve months, it seems to me it might be appropriate to recognize the one university whose disgraceful mistreatment of liberty included the most blatant double standard of the year. And in my humble opinion, that distinction goes to Florida’s Indian River Community College, whose feigned prudery... Read more Read more


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For months now, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor Kent Syverson has been a stalwart FIRE ally. He has brought several examples of repression to our attention and has been truly amazing with disseminating news articles, updates, and other key information about the ongoing scandal of UWEC’s crackdown on its resident assistants’ First Amendment rights. As... Read more Read more



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