UC Berkeley will host Ben Shapiro event, pay fees after College Republicans accuse university of censorship
The University of California, Berkeley has confirmed to FIRE it will host an on-campus event sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans featuring conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on September 14 at 7 p.m. — even if the university has to foot the bill.» Read More
Ohio Northern University promises its professors free expression in one hand, takes it away with the other
Ohio Northern University tells its professors they are entitled to free expression. But ONU is talking out of both sides of its mouth, and its faculty handbook (password protected) contains several concerning provisions that place untenable restrictions on the free expression of its faculty, directly contradicting that commitment.» Read More
On April 6, 2017, conservative author and Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald arrived to speak at Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal arts school that is a member of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. Her speech did not go as planned. One hundred seventy people — CMC-ers, students from other Claremont schools, and some outsiders — blockaded the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, where Mac Donald was scheduled to give her talk, banging on the windows and preventing the students and faculty who signed up to attend the talk from entering. College administrators determined that the situation was too volatile to allow the speech to go on as scheduled, and fell back on a contingency plan to livestream the talk. Protesters also occupied the fourth floor of the Kravis Center, where the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, which brought Mac Donald to campus, is located.» Read More
Those who have visited the FIRE Student Network website recently may have noticed that it looks a bit different. And by a bit different, I mean very different. That’s because we’ve completely revamped our FIRE Student Network, adding more resources for students interested in learning about their rights and how to protect those rights on campus.» Read More
Today, we feature an interview with Ohio University’s Sam Flannery, the outgoing director OU’s Students Defending Students. (Since graduating in April, Sam has joined FIRE as a full-time staffer. You might also remember him as a former FIRE summer intern.) We talked to Sam just before he finished his time at OU about his experiences as a student defender.» Read More
After students blockade Heather Mac Donald talk, Claremont McKenna reaffirms commitment to free expression, due process
Claremont McKenna College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California, has completed student conduct proceedings related to seven students involved in a “blockade” to prevent others from hearing a talk by Heather Mac Donald, a conservative author who had been invited to speak on campus, according to a statement issued by the college.» Read More
All this week, in honor of the debut of FIRE’s new Student Defenders program, we’ll be profiling students already involved in these initiatives at a handful of colleges and universities across the nation. While these groups are different at every school, student defenders are united by a common mission: helping peers accused of conduct violations navigate their school’s often confusing disciplinary systems.
The student defenders we’ll introduce you to this week all told FIRE it’s important work that makes their campuses safer and fairer for everyone. They said practically anyone can get involved, and that more campuses would benefit from having a group like the one they run.
FIRE’s Student Defenders program aims to make that a reality by providing undergraduates the resources they need to launch a student-defender initiative on their campus.
First up is our recent conversation with The College of William & Mary’s Marvi Ali, who was chair of the school’s Conduct and Honor Advisor Program before graduating this past semester.» Read More
Imagine that the world is about to be destroyed by an explosion at a nuclear power plant. Two scientists — one who has children, and one who does not— are each capable of fixing the problem and saving the world. But it’s a suicide mission. Who should go?
This is a prompt from “U Can U BiBi,” a Chinese game show in which debate teams face-off in an attempt to sway the most audience votes. Audience members vote before the debate starts and are free to change their votes at any time. Both the debaters and the audience can see when votes change.» Read More
Today in The Atlantic, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff and best-selling author, New York University professor, and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt forcefully respond to the increasingly popular argument that speech can sometimes be a form of violence.» Read More
Over 100 students from across the country gathered in historic Philadelphia this past weekend for the 2017 FIRE Student Network Conference. Set at the National Constitution Center, students had a packed weekend learning about their free speech and due process rights on campus. In addition to comprehensive workshops led by FIRE staff members, students learned from the experiences and expertise of keynote speakers Daryl Davis and Jeffrey Rosen.» Read More