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FIRE is now accepting applications for its 2018 Summer Internship Program!
FIRE’s Summer Internship Program invites students from across the country to spend the summer at our headquarters in historic Philadelphia — just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell — working directly with our staff defending civil liberties on America’s college and university campuses.» Read More
On Oct. 6, the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents adopted a policy intended to promote free speech on campus. The policy explains the System’s commitment to the robust free exchange of ideas and seeks to curb attempts by some to stifle the expression of others. We are happy to see the Regents take action to preserve freedom of speech, but have some reservations about how the policy approaches this important task.» Read More
Video of UNLV history professor Tessa Winkelmann’s in-class comments last Thursday, in which she said that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was at least partially to blame for the Oct. 1 massacre of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, has drawn the ire of the White House.» Read More
Five years after the release of “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate,” controversies over the limits of dissent and debate at colleges and universities across the country continue to proliferate in truly epidemic fashion. Many are now calling the book — which was written by FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff in 2012, and predicted with disturbing accuracy the rise of phenomena like student-led calls for censorship — well ahead of its time.» Read More
Last winter, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University punished a student for appearing topless in one of her Instagram posts.» Read More
Ashland University joins growing number of colleges and universities adopting the ‘Chicago Statement’
Early this week, Ashland University (AU) announced its official adoption of a policy statement endorsing free speech, modeled largely on the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago, better known as the “Chicago Statement.”» Read More
Yesterday, FIRE testified at the Department of Education’s hearing on regulatory reform.» Read More
Last Friday, a federal district court in Illinois ruled that two Chicago State University professors’ Stand Up For Speech lawsuit may proceed to trial. Professors Phillip Beverly and Robert Bionaz filed the First Amendment lawsuit in July 2014 with FIRE’s assistance after Chicago State officials tried to force the shutdown of the professors’ blog. The way is now cleared for the plaintiffs’ day in court after Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the majority of defendants’ motion for summary judgment.
We recently highlighted Beverly and Bionaz’ struggles with [...] » Read More
Free speech on campus is ‘essential for the free formation of public opinion’: A response to Robert Post
FIRE responds to professor Robert Post» Read More