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The Denton, Texas, Record-Chronicle carried a story on Saturday (registration required) about an uproar over a free-expression issue at the University of North Texas. Apparently, the university chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) at UNT held a “Capture an Illegal Immigrant” event to draw attention to what they see as the problem of... Read more Read more


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KC Johnson recently posted an interesting piece to his blog about a case involving a professor at Southern Utah University.  I attempted to contact Dr. Roberds to find out more about his case when it first came to our attention. While FIRE typically avoids “pure” tenure cases, if the facts are as clear as they... Read more Read more


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Thank you David for the recent post, and I would like to assure him I am not much for skewering (except the barbeque kind). However, I do disagree, in part, with a recent post in which David discussed his thoughts on violations of the right to conscience. I fully agree that “mandatory diversity training, ‘sensitivity... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Four months after The David Project released Columbia Unbecoming, Columbia is embroiled in a public fight over allegations against the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department. The latest, longer version of the film includes more examples of what it sees as “bias,” “intimidation,” and “harassment.” While The David Project and its supporters have... Read more Read more


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Today, Columbia University’s student newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, published my piece about the ongoing controversy there surrounding the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department. FIRE has already offered its opinion on the crucial issues in this case. After speaking at Columbia Law School on February 2, however, I realized that the students there... Read more Read more


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Those who are familiar with group blogs—even group blogs comprised of people united behind a common purpose or mission, including National Review’s excellent Corner and Reason magazine’s prolific Hit and Run—are accustomed to reading polite (well, not always polite) and informative debate about the vital issues addressed by the blog. The Torch will be no... Read more Read more


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Adding to Wednesday’s discussion about recognition of student organizations, a reader commented: Also, there’s the famous method of “unrecognition”—intimidating enough of the faculty so that no one is willing to be the advisor. Take a look at the case at Indian River Community College, where administrators had instituted an illogical policy requiring that faculty advisors... Read more Read more


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One of our readers sent us the following excerpt from Robert Kimball’s January 31, 2005, post on The New Criterion’s weblog: Colleges and Universities do not exist to promote free speech. They exist to pursue and teach the truth…. This is not a novel idea. But it is one that Hamilton’s president, Joan Hinde Stewart,... Read more Read more


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The transcript of Larry Summers’ controversial speech on the relative lack of women faculty in the hard sciences is now available. Here is the first paragraph: I asked Richard, when he invited me to come here and speak, whether he wanted an institutional talk about Harvard’s policies toward diversity or whether he wanted some questions... Read more Read more


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There are many lessons to be learned from the battle at the University of Colorado at Boulder over whether the former ethnic studies departmental chair, but still tenured professor Ward Churchill, should be dismissed from the faculty. The ostensible grounds for the current investigation are suspected irregularities in his academic background that might justify stripping... Read more Read more



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