Announcing FIRE’s 2013 Summer Conference Featuring Juan Williams, Megan McArdle, and Bob Corn-Revere

March 5, 2013

Register for the CFN conference today!

FIRE is thrilled to announce that the 2013 Campus Freedom Network Conference will be held July 19–21 at Bryn Mawr College, just outside of Philadelphia! 

FIRE’s annual conference is a weekend-long workshop designed to teach students about their rights on campus and how to defend them. Our conference brings together college students from across the political spectrum and around the country who care about free speech and inspires them to protect and celebrate freedom of expression on their campuses.

The 2013 conference will feature an impressive group of speakers, including:

  • Juan Williams, the noted author and journalist for Fox News and The Washington Post. When Williams was fired from NPR in 2010, it sparked a national discussion about the negative impact of political correctness on American discourse, as chronicled in his book Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.
  • Megan McArdle, a special correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast covering business, economics, and public policy. McArdle has written extensively about the rising cost of higher education and the shifting value and meaning of a college degree in our society.
  • Bob Corn-Revere, a partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington, D.C. and a leading expert on First Amendment law, who has represented student Hayden Barnes in his case against Valdosta State University.

Each student who attends will also receive a free copy of FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s new book, Unlearning Liberty, and will hear from FIRE staff and fellow students who fought back when their free speech rights were violated. The conference will open with a reception on Friday afternoon and close with lunch on Sunday. Check out last year’s conference schedule for a sense of the weekend’s activities, including plenary speeches and breakout discussions on various First Amendment topics.

The conference is FREE and open to current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen. Room, board, and meals will be provided for attendees. Travel reimbursement for up to $300 per student will be available to help those accepted travel to and from Bryn Mawr.

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