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In March of last year, philosophy professor James Tuttle received a complaint that had been forwarded by his superior at Lakeland Community College in Ohio. The student letter-writer charged that Prof. Tuttle had made comments she deemed offensive to women and gays, and that he’d also shown signs of hostility to Muslim women. “I feel,”... Read more Read more


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SPOKANE , WA—Since the fall of 2003, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been defending the Christian Pro-Life Caucus at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. It now has come to light that yet another Christian group, the Christian Legal Society, also failed to gain recognition from the law school’s... Read more Read more


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Dear Friend of Liberty, During the summer of 1999, a lawyer, a professor, and a twenty-four year-old half-joked, over a large bottle of red wine, that they would revolutionize higher education. With the vision and leadership of Harvey A. Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors, we moved from idea to action, establishing FIRE, an organization devoted... Read more Read more


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MIAMI BEACH, FL—In a landmark event for free speech and expression on America’s campuses, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) was invited to address university chancellors and presidents at the 86 th Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE), an organization that represents about 1,800 institutions of higher education nationwide. The... Read more Read more


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March 4, 2004 Dear Friend of Liberty, During the summer of 1999, a lawyer, a professor, and a twenty-four year-old half-joked, over a large bottle of red wine, that they would revolutionize higher education. With the vision and leadership of Harvey A. Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors, we moved from idea to action, establishing FIRE,... Read more Read more


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Since the beginning, America has struggled with the concept of free speech. It’s a great idea in the abstract. But when reality hits – when free speech alarms, threatens and offends – the temptation is to rein it in. But then it’s not free speech anymore. Universities have become prime places to witness this free... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA—FIRE hopes to soon see another major victory for free speech on America’s college and university campuses. Before the end of March 2004, the nation’s largest association of campus judicial administrators will complete voting on a resolution that will have profound substantive and symbolic consequences for free speech on campus. The resolution seeks to ensure... Read more Read more


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SHIPPENSBURG, PA—In a historic victory for free speech on college and university campuses, Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, which first vehemently defended its extensive restrictions upon student free speech, has agreed to repeal its unconstitutional speech code. The settlement comes after the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a preliminary injunction against... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

The University of Colorado at Boulder decided to teach us all a lesson about free speech last week, but it may not be the lesson it intended. Administrators there had originally told the College Republicans and the Equal Opportunity Alliance that they could not hold an “affirmative action bake sale” on campus. In case you... Read more Read more



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