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Earlier this month, Alliance Defending Freedom, which describes itself as “a non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” announced that it is representing a student at Iowa State University who filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an ISU speech code. According to the complaint, ISU... Read more Read more


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On October 14, Georgetown Law Center hosted a conference on Sexual Assault and Academic Freedom on College Campuses, bringing together campus presidents, professors, lawyers, Title IX investigators, and researchers to discuss topics ranging from free speech on campus and its impact on minorities to the problems accused students and survivors face in sexual assault investigations.... Read more Read more


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Last week, Heterodox Academy introduced the Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges, incorporating FIRE’s analysis of college speech codes in its rankings. NYU professor and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, who co-authored The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” with FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff, formed Heterodox Academy with a group... Read more Read more


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“Do we as a nation still have the same commitment to freedom of speech that America’s founders envisioned?” That was among the questions debated last week at the Newseum’s Free Speech Week panel discussion, “Free Speech: Still the ‘American Way’?” The Newseum has now posted video of last Thursday’s event to its YouTube channel, so... Read more Read more


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We hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating Free Speech Week with FIRE. Even though our series ends today, don’t let the fun end here! Keep the celebration going by hosting a screening of Can We Take A  Joke? on your campus. FIRE supported this important documentary to explore how comedy has been one of the casualties of... Read more Read more


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Since the start of the academic year, students across the country have been engaging in free speech by taking part in the political process and supporting their candidates of choice. The candidates have been able to speak their minds this election cycle, but that hasn’t always been the case for students trying to express their... Read more Read more


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In a piece last week for TIME’s Ideas blog, the executive director of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), Cliff Maloney Jr., drew attention to a problem that FIRE confronts every day in our work: restrictive speech codes on college campuses. As Maloney notes, colleges and universities across the country maintain policies that limit what students... Read more Read more


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On Monday, PEN America released “And Campus For All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities,” a thorough, thoughtful report on current tensions and challenges facing freedom of expression on our nation’s college campuses. PEN America is the American affiliate of PEN International, a global advocacy organization dedicated to “unit[ing] writers and their allies... Read more Read more


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“How do you make the case for freedom of speech these days?,” asks Brendan O’Neill in the latest episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. The question is a serious one for O’Neill. As the editor of the online British current-affairs magazine spiked, he is on the front lines every day fighting to... Read more Read more


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People wishing to express their opinions outside tonight’s third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV’s) Thomas & Mack Center should prepare for a long walk. A “public expression area” has been set up at 4700 Paradise Road, more than half a mile from the debate hall. Google Maps estimates... Read more Read more



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