FIRE Update

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be on MSNBC Live at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, to discuss the striking rise in reports of censorship of student speech on websites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com. This spring, FIRE successfully aided a student at the University of Central Florida who was charged with harassment for calling a... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

FIRE’s exposure of the absurd sexual misconduct policy in force at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania has attracted the notice of columnist Cathy Young of The Boston Globe and Reason magazine. In her Monday Globe column, Young skewers the Gettysburg policy that puts an unauthorized hug on a spectrum with sexual assault, observing, as did FIRE,... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

One of the highlights of FIRE’s year is its Summer Internship Program, and 2006 will be no exception. This year, FIRE received a record number of applications and will be pleased to host 14 extraordinary interns, 11 undergraduates and three law students. Notably, one of the interns will be Acton H. Gorton, a U.S. Army... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Every year, syndicated columnist John Leo bestows the “Sheldon Award” on “the university president who does the most to look the other way when free speech is under assault on campus.” His latest column announces that there are actually two winners this year, both of whose misdeeds came to public attention through FIRE’s efforts.  ... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal included an editorial by FIRE cofounder and director Harvey Silverglate about an important legal victory for free speech. In Lyle v. Warner Brothers, the makers of the Friends television show were sued for sexual harassment by a scriptwriters’ assistant who heard bawdy banter during the comedy writers’ meetings. FIRE joined... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

USA Today this morning features a piece by Nat Hentoff, noted columnist and member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors, discussing the Danish Mohammed cartoon controversy on America’s campuses. In the article, “‘Free speech’ cries ring hollow on college campuses and beyond,” Hentoff focuses on shameful instances of censorship at Minnesota’s Century College and at New... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

A New York Post editorial from Sunday condemned New York University for its decision to “knuckle under” to the heckler’s veto by ordering that the Danish Mohammed cartoons not be shown at a public panel discussion about the cartoons. The Post approvingly quotes FIRE, which called NYU’s decision “both chilling and absurd. The fact that... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Yesterday, FIRE announced that New York University (NYU) was planning to squelch a panel discussion on the Danish cartoons of Mohammed by requiring that the panel’s organizers choose either to exclude over 150 registered off-campus guests or to agree not to show the Danish cartoons. While the event was held last night with what students... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Fox News columnist Wendy McElroy has penned an important column entitled “Sexual Harassment Policies Need Reform.” She joins FIRE and syndicated columnist Debra Saunders, among others, in criticizing the dangerously overbroad redefinition of sexual harassment recently promulgated by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and present in so many university speech codes. McElroy aptly... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

FIRE began this week with prominent mentions in three major publications. First, Sunday’s edition of The New York Times featured a compelling retelling of FIRE’s recent victory for freedom of speech and religious liberty at William Paterson University. (Please see The Torch for more details on this story.) Then, on Monday, Cathy Young’s op-ed in... Read more Read more



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