Peter Bonilla

About Peter Bonilla

Peter Bonilla has been with FIRE since 2008 and worked with FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program since 2009, becoming director in 2013. As Director he manages FIRE’s caseload, writes frequently for FIRE’s blog,The Torch, and has lectured to student groups and at student conferences around the country. Since January 2011, Peter has also been a contributor for the political commentary website PolicyMic, covering issues in American higher education. Prior to joining FIRE, Peter was Literary Manager of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, one of the country’s top theatres for the development and production of new politically and socially-themed plays. He is also a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his first play was produced to critical acclaim in Arizona in September 2011. In 2009, Peter was a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! His undergraduate degree, with a double major in theater arts and economics, is from the University of Pennsylvania.


Commentary

  • The Travesty of Due Process at Marquette, February 10, 2015

  • Impact Trumps Intent, and Other Discouraging Statements on Free Speech at U. of Iowa, February 9, 2015

  • University of Iowa Asks Students How Best to Show Its Disregard for First Amendment, January 30, 2015

  • Eyes on Marquette University as Faculty Blogger Suspended, December 18, 2014

  • Cancelled Musical a Missed Opportunity for Dialogue at Stanford, November 24, 2014

  • UNC, Halloween, and the ‘Professionalism’ Threat to the First Amendment, October 31, 2014

  • Is Protection of Dissenting Opinions Part of the Diversity Conversation at UCLA?, October 6, 2014

  • FIRE’s ‘Don’t Cage My Speech!’ Awarded at Anthem Film Festival, July 15, 2014

  • Go Behind the Scenes of the Struggle for Free Speech at Modesto J.C. (VIDEO), June 25, 2014

  • Victory for Student Rights: UT Austin Restores Transparency in Funding Student Organizations, May 19, 2014