Our last stop in the Middle Ages is an interview with professor Christine Caldwell Ames, who is an expert on medieval heresy and inquisition in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The discussion highlights the similarities and differences between Christianity, Catholic and Orthodox, Judaism, and Islam when it comes to defining and policing orthodoxy.
Among the topics discussed are:Was the Medieval Inquisition motivated by worldly power or religious zeal? What effect did the Medieval Inquisition have on ordinary people and local communities? Why has the Spanish Inquisition become so infamous? Was Islamic Spain a haven of religious tolerance compared to the Latin West? Are inquisitions [...] » Read More
We’re excited to announce the launch of the FIRE Faculty Network, a diverse coalition of faculty interested in defending and sustaining academic freedom, free speech, and civil liberties on campus. By joining FIRE’s faculty network, you’ll receive information curated specifically for faculty, including the latest information on FIRE events, legal developments, strategies for activism, and noteworthy research and reporting related to free speech and academic freedom.
If you’re a faculty member, graduate student, or higher education professional interested in getting involved or staying informed on issues related to academic freedom and free speech on campus, sign up today!
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In her recent and stirring commencement address to the latest graduates from Georgetown University Law Center, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton dedicated the final 10 minutes to discuss the critical importance of campus free speech.
She set the stage with the following observation:
The law has been fundamental to change in our country, especially the First Amendment. Yet there is recent disquieting evidence on college campuses of intolerance of speech at odds with the progressive views members of your generation and I share.
Will a generation that is using protest so precociously for issues they favor, like gun safety, also exercise the tolerance [...] » Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for May 2018: the University of Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky’s Bias Incident Response Team threatens to seriously chill freedom of speech for the university’s more than 30,000 students and faculty. Bias response teams like Kentucky’s are burgeoning on campuses around the country. As FIRE exclusively reported in 2017, hundreds of universities nationwide now maintain these Orwellian systems, which ask students to report — often anonymously — their neighbors, friends, and professors for any instances of biased speech and expression. Currently, of the 467 colleges and universities rated in FIRE’s » Read More
Binghamton University campus police surveil students and threaten prosecution over anti-racism flyers
After calling students’ expressive activities “a violation of the law and of the student handbook,” State University of New York at Binghamton campus police surveilled students’ literature distribution, threatened to prosecute them for posting flyers indoors, and told them they would be held responsible if other students littered their flyers.» Read More
Category: Press Releases, Top Story
Schools: Binghamton University, State University of New York
Cases: Binghamton University, State University of New York: Campus police surveil students, threaten prosecution over anti-racism flyers
On May 14, a prominent wolf researcher settled with Washington State University over allegations that the school caved to legislative demands to stifle his research and expression. The $300,000 settlement follows credible allegations of infringements on the researcher’s academic freedom, spurred by complaints from a legislator and cattle rancher upset with the research.
Dr. Robert Wielgus, who will resign as part of the settlement, was a professor and the Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory at WSU. He is a renowned expert in wolf ecology, known primarily for his controversial study showing that the traditional practice of [...] » Read More
From the High Middle Ages, Europe developed into a “persecuting society,” obsessed with stamping out the “cancer” of heresy. But questions about how this was accomplished — and the consequences of these developments — abound:Why did popes and secular rulers shift from persuasion to persecution of heretics? Why was human choice in matters of religious belief considered a mortal threat to Christendom itself? Why did bookish inquisitors armed with legal procedure, interrogation manuals, data and archives succeed where bloody crusades and mass slaughter failed? How did the “machinery of persecution” developed in the Late Middle Ages affect other minority groups such as [...] » Read More
FIRE is thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 FIRE Student Network Summer Conference in Philadelphia: former ACLU director Ira Glasser and Justitia CEO Jacob Mchangama.» Read More
So to Speak podcast: Debating ‘Is there a campus free speech crisis?’ with Sullivan, Haidt, Nossel, Sachs, & Foster
Is there a campus free speech crisis?
In March, FIRE staff discussed the question. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we put the question to others and feature audio from a live debate that occurred on May 8 in New York City.» Read More
University of Arkansas at Little Rock professors respond to infringement on academic freedom with new policy statement
The faculty senate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock recently sent a strong message to the University of Arkansas system leadership by adopting a statement of principles reaffirming their overwhelming commitment to robust free expression.
Written in the spirit of the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression” at the University of Chicago (better known as the “Chicago Statement”), the UALR faculty articulated a comprehensive statement of values they hope will guide the university when considering issues of free speech and academic freedom. The statement, titled “Statement articulating the University of Arkansas at Little [...] » Read More