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
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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
New Hampshire’s flagship public research university has become the fortieth institution in the country to earn the highest rating for free speech from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.» Read More
Last month, the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus removed three oil paintings from their Atrium Art Gallery by local painter Bruce Habowski, despite objections from the exhibition’s curator, after it was discovered that Habowski is a convicted sex offender.
Habowski, of Waterville, Maine, was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 1999. He was sentenced to 4 years in jail, but served a suspended sentence of 6 months. Habowski’s art was part of an exhibition featuring pieces that highlighted Maine’s industrial landscape.
The exhibition’s curator, Janice Moore, says the paintings were removed after a family member of Habowski’s victim called [...] » Read More
FIRE is excited to announce that the general application process to attend our 2018 faculty conference is now open! We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis through July 31. Space is limited; apply early to secure a spot!
Author Cynthia Meyersburg is a psychology research fellow with FIRE’s ongoing Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research (SOAR) project. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.
This month, Inside Higher Ed published an opinion piece by Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci with a message that resonates with me: “[T]here really is no viable alternative to allowing free speech on college campuses.”
Williams and Ceci, both psychology professors at Cornell University, are among the best known and most respected researchers in psychological science. Williams’ work, both her research on intelligence, and her national [...] » Read More