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One of the most important cases having to do with free speech on campus right now is playing out in the California Supreme Court. FIRE has joined a number of other organizations as an amicus (friend of the court) in the case of Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions et al., which was brought by... Read more Read more


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LOS ANGELES, February 10, 2005—Since June 2004, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been part of a national coalition urging the California Supreme Court to reverse a state appellate court decision that has profoundly chilling implications for free speech. The broad coalition includes the National Association of Scholars, the Student Press Law... Read more Read more


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Presented at the Association for Student Judicial Affairs Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla., on February 10, 2005.   See also: Letter from the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, July 28, 2003. Read more


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This afternoon, FIRE sent a letter to University of Colorado at Boulder Interim Chancellor Philip DiStefano and the University of Colorado Board of Regents regarding the university’s ongoing investigation of Ward Churchill. The letter, written by FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Greg Lukianoff, makes three primary points: (1) Churchill’s speech was constitutionally protected;... Read more Read more


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The new speech code calls on the government to “develop clear policies restricting any behavior which demeans or reduces an individual based on group affiliation or personal characteristics.” The old speech code calls on the government to prohibit “oral or printed” words “which tend to expose a person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, to degrade... Read more Read more


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In the words of Blackstar’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli, “The Man has programmed my conditioning; even my conditioning has been conditioned.” These lyrics truly resonate when reflecting on some of the recent academic freedom controversies on campus. One of the most disturbing forms of censorship (though it cannot actually be called “censorship” because no... Read more Read more


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In the midst of the rage over Ward Churchill’s deranged ravings, and as news emerges that Churchill has lied about his Native American heritage and may have committed academic fraud, one question keeps coming up: How did this man get a job? As Glenn Reynolds noted this morning, “At my institution, we don’t hire people... Read more Read more


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Last week the University of California at Santa Barbara capitulated in its attempt to force the owner of a site called thedarksideofucsb.com to remove the initials “UCSB” on its site. This is a remarkable case for so many reasons, not the least of which is that it highlights the trend of using intellectual property law... Read more Read more


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Today is the first official day of the new FIRE blog. Those who are familiar with weblogs will recognize both the format (the “group blog”) and the tone (slightly more familiar than the formal press releases on our home page). This blog represents FIRE’s decisive step into the daily debate over academic freedom and individual... Read more Read more


Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 2005—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has taken the next step forward in its mission to defend individual liberty in higher education. Today, FIRE launches its much-anticipated weblog, The Torch, at Newsdesk. The Torch will be a forum for FIRE contributors, including FIRE Cofounders Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate,... Read more Read more



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