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You can see FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff on both coasts this week, as he jets off to talk campus speech at events in both Berkeley, California and Saratoga Springs, New York. November 2: “Sex, Violence, and Revolution” at Berkeley On Wednesday, November 2, the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies will... Read more Read more


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Is your “exhausted undergrad” costume ready for tonight’s festivities? That might be one of the frighteningly few outfit choices remaining if you attend a university expecting you to avoid “cultural appropriation” this year. And beware: The rules are petrifyingly hard to follow. While institutions are well within their rights to suggest costume considerations to their... Read more Read more


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“The right to speak freely may be enshrined in some of our nation’s great universities, but the culture of listening needs repair.” So begins Erika Christakis’ op-ed in The Washington Post today, in which—for the first time since she sent an email to Yale University students last fall asking them “to think critically about an... Read more Read more


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We’ve been keeping our eye on the recent uptick in campus leaders addressing free speech. In our latest roundup of public commitments to freedom of speech by college and university administrators, we’re focusing only on “The Good”—bringing you a few of our recent favorites. We’ve even included one statement that almost made our “Bad” list.... Read more Read more


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I have written on numerous occasions over the years about the state of free speech at my alma mater, Princeton University. During my own years at Princeton (I graduated in 1999, which suddenly sounds a lot longer ago than it used to!), I found the climate for free speech to be generally supportive. Over those... Read more Read more


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Knight News at the University of Central Florida (UCF) has won this year’s College Press Freedom Award. The online publication’s staff and editors were chosen “in recognition of their extraordinary determination in pursuing disclosure of public records in the face of brutal attacks by their university,” according to a press release from the Student Press... Read more Read more


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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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