My colleague Jaclyn Hall and I spent yesterday at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C., meeting and speaking with progressive students from around the country and sharing FIRE’s mission and our work defending student rights. Students attending the conference had a keen appreciation of the necessity of free speech protections in our universities. They’ll need those protections when they get back to their campuses to advocate for the causes and issues they’ve spent the week discussing with their fellow students and a roster of distinguished artists, activists, journalists, and public officials. Several dozen students signed up for our Campus Freedom Network, and we look forward to seeing some of the CPNC attendees next week at our CFN conference, held this year at Bryn Mawr College.
Thanks to Campus Progress for having us this year and for putting on a successful conference. We look forward to returning to Campus Progress, along with the Conservative Political Action Conference and other conferences drawing people from across the political and ideological spectrum, and to sharing the one-size-fits-all message of free speech.