2018 FIRE Faculty Conference: Two weeks left to apply!

July 18, 2018

There are only two weeks left to apply to attend FIRE’s 2018 faculty conference — we’re accepting applications through July 31. Space is limited, so apply now to secure a spot!

The faculty conference will take place from Oct. 11–13 in Chicago at Loyola University Chicago’s downtown Water Tower campus, with accommodations at the nearby Omni Hotel. The conference will bring together faculty from a range of disciplines and institutions for panels and discussions on core issues related to academic freedom, faculty rights, and free expression on campus. There is no fee to attend the conference, and those accepted will receive a $750 travel stipend to assist with the costs of lodging and transportation.

Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will deliver the keynote address at the conference. A full list of conference presenters has also been announced: these professors’ outstanding work was selected during our open call for submissions earlier this year. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Challenges to teaching and researching highly controversial topics;
  • the impact grants and donations from outside foundations may have on academic freedom;
  • whether speech on campus should be regulated more than speech in the public sphere;
  • the effect of partisan narratives surrounding the current free speech crisis on campus;
  • whether “no-platforming” speakers on campus can be consistent with political liberalism and academic freedom;
  • the chilling effect of performance-based university funding on academic freedom; and
  • strategies for activism and how faculty can be better equipped to defend free speech and faculty rights in today’s academic climate.

Beyond these topics, conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with peers from around the country who share an interest in defending academic freedom and promoting rigorous intellectual discourse.

Please email facultyconference@thefire.org with any questions. We’d love to see you in October, so apply today!