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Moved by FIRE’s official fifth birthday, fast approaching, I have been revisiting the records of my prior involvements in the struggle for liberty and legal equality at America’s colleges and universities. Some fifteen and a half years ago, I wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal (October 12, 1989), expressing my dismay over... Read more Read more


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Earlier this month, University of Oklahoma baseball coach Larry Cochell resigned because of his use of the word “nigger” in comments he made regarding a black student athlete that were picked up by the media. An article, “Let’s Talk About Race,” by Lovell Estell III posted on AlterNet today provides a critical analysis of the... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s co-founder Harvey Silverglate just sent George Will’s latest Newsweek column to me.  While it is not every day that either Harvey or I agree with George Will, I must admit this is a brilliant, must-read column.  Will concludes: America is currently awash in an unpleasant surplus of clanging, clashing certitudes. That is why there... Read more Read more


Press Releases

CHICAGO, May 18, 2005—DePaul University administrators have suspended Professor Thomas Klocek without a hearing after he engaged in an out-of-class argument with pro-Palestinian students at a student activities fair. When the students complained to administrators, Klocek was denied the rights that DePaul guarantees to professors accused of wrongdoing and immediately suspended. Statements from DePaul administrators... Read more Read more


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Yesterday’s Washington Post contained an interesting guest column by Richard De George (author of Academic Freedom and Tenure: Ethical Issues). While the entire essay is worth a read, I was particularly pleased to see that De George emphasized that academic freedom is not enjoyed exclusively by professors: Much of the confusion over academic freedom stems... Read more Read more


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Just in before the end of the school year, the Harvard community has now got something to look forward to over the summer—a new “$50 million initiative to address the dearth of female students and faculty in the University’s science departments.” A Harvard Crimson article reported yesterday that the university had just announced the new... Read more Read more


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Princeton University has decided it will no longer deny official recognition to an evangelical Christian student group. The school’s Dean of Religious Life, Thomas Breidenthal, had withheld recognized status from Princeton Faith and Action, but the university administration reversed course after an advocacy group intervened. Princeton Faith and Action (PFA) is associated with the Christian... Read more Read more


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Following the victory FIRE announced last week, the Daily Princetonian reported on Friday that Princeton has moved quickly to fulfill its promise to FIRE that it would make any changes necessary for its student organization recognition procedures to be consistent with student’s freedom of expression and legal equality. The article reports: Under the new policy,... Read more Read more


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Check out Scott L. Glabe’s insightful analysis in The Dartmouth Review of FIRE’s decision to upgrade Dartmouth College’s speechcodes.org rating. I was also pleased they chose to end the article with a quote from a favorite FIRE alum: “In the end, let’s not forget: today, Dartmouth is closer to having a healthy respect for free... Read more Read more



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