Free Speech

On September 21, 2021, University of Rochester English Professor David Bleich read aloud from Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy’s article about whether it is “acceptable for pedagogical purposes to enunciate the epithet ‘nigger’,” enunciating the word himself, following a class discussion about the issue. Bleich did so to prepare students for a discussion on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On November 30, 2021, Christopher Busey, a professor at the University of Florida, filed a grievance alleging that he was pressured not to use the words “critical” or “race” in his curriculum and program design. On December 2, FIRE wrote to UF arguing that directing faculty to avoid specific words in course titles or program... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In November 2021, the University of Texas at Austin’s administration “paused” a faculty research project, “Kids Against Racism” (“GoKAR!”), evaluating how white caregivers can effectively engage in a dialogue with white children about racism. The research was suspended after Mark Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In November 2021, an interview of Old Dominion University Prof. Allyn Walker went viral due to public objections to Walker’s research and commentary on “Minor-Attracted Persons,” a term used by some researchers, including Walker, to refer to people who have (but do not act upon) an attraction to minors. The university placed Walker on leave,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In August 2021, Elizabethtown College’s Turning Point USA student chapter invited political commentator Joe Basrawi to speak at an event. Basrawi chose critical race theory as the topic of his talk. After TPUSA advertised the event on social media, an administrator objected to the flyer’s description of the event (“Critical Hate Theory”) and informed the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On November 12, 2021, Students Supporting Israel was granted official recognition by Duke University’s student senate. The next day, a Duke student tweeted an article criticizing the vote, complaining that the recognition showed Duke “promotes settler colonialism.” SSI published a screenshot of that tweet, responding to the student by name. On November 14, Duke’s student... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Maryland Institute College of Art faculty member Saul Myers made comments in support of academic freedom and tolerating dissent at two faculty meetings and in an email to a colleague. In April 2021, the email recipient, who also attended the meetings, filed a harassment complaint. MICA concluded Myers’ speech did not amount to harassment, but... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On October 19, 2021, Duke University said its police department was investigating “homophobic” and “anti-Black” messages on its Free Expression Bridge. Duke policy provides that the Free Expression Bridge, which is monitored by surveillance cameras, is designated for student expression and messages on it will not be “restricted by content, except by legal standards.” On... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In August 2020, Iowa Law’s Anti-Racism Action Committee recommended the school ask faculty about their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty evaluations. On October 12, 2020, FIRE wrote to Iowa Law, urging the law school to not implement the committee’s recommendation, as it could serve as an ideological litmus test for faculty. From... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On October 29, 2021, The New York Times reported that the University of Florida was prohibiting three professors from testifying in a voting rights lawsuit brought against the state. The following day, the university said it had “​​denied requests of these full-time employees to undertake outside paid work that is adverse to the university’s interests... Read more Read more



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