- Is the modern college campus suffering from a decline in viewpoint diversity?
- Do American universities prepare students for life in a politically divided democracy?
- And does political orthodoxy reduce the quality of research, scholarship, and education?
Here at the FIRE office, we practice what we preach. Much like the cases that come through our door, our staff run the gamut of the political and ideological spectrum. Needless to say, office debates are commonplace and we hardly agree on anything. One of the few things that brings us all together is a steadfast belief in the importance of free speech and the open exchange of ideas.
Colleges and universities exist to act as a true “marketplace of ideas,” where views are challenged and debate flourishes. Through our various roles at FIRE, we work hard to make sure free [...] » Read More
Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the University of California, Berkeley faculty senate vote which, at the urging of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, reformed the institution’s policies on campus expression. In 1964, the students who participated in the movement demanded that Berkeley respect their First Amendment rights. The result was a revolution for student rights on campuses across the country.
On this anniversary, we take a look back at the Berkeley Free Speech Movement to see if it can lend any insights into the free speech controversies that roiled Berkeley’s campus this year.» Read More
We are excited to announce a new series of weekly video conversations with FIRE staff where we candidly discuss the top student and faculty rights stories of the day.
In our first episode of FIREside Chats, Will Creeley moderates a discussion about the Anthony Scaramucci controversy at Tufts University with Brynne Madway and Adam Steinbaugh. Afterward, they are joined by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon for a conversation about student surveillance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
New episodes of FIREside Chats will be uploaded to our YouTube channel every week.
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California is supposed to embody the American dream of self determination, but as one community college student discovered, reality doesn’t always live up to our dreams.
Los Angeles Pierce College student Kevin Shaw learned this lesson the hard way in November 2016 when he was distributing Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution and recruiting new members for his student group, Young Americans for Liberty, along the main public walkway on Pierce’s campus. Shortly after he began, a Pierce administrator approached and told him that he could not distribute literature outside of the “free speech area,” an ironically named zone [...] » Read More
What happens to faculty who speak out about administrative misconduct on their campuses and face retaliation? FIRE sat down with professors who say it happened to them.» Read More
Since James Madison first drafted the First Amendment in 1789, free speech has been a fundamental right for all Americans. But how do we do it?
FIRE’s 2017 summer interns sit us down and give us “The Talk.”» Read More
FIRE investigative report: Alarming free speech climate at Tufts a warning to students at all private campuses (VIDEO)
Students who publicly support unpopular views at Tufts University do so at their own risk.
That’s the conclusion of our months-long investigation into the state of free speech at the elite Boston-area private school.» Read More
FIRE staff heard rumors last week that Charles Murray, a controversial conservative social scientist, would be speaking at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The event was scheduled for about a month after a protest of Murray’s March 2 lecture at Middlebury College turned violent. (That event left a faculty member with a neck injury.) Given the history of animosity that some have for Murray, who co-authored The Bell Curve, we felt it was important to attend his lecture and see how he would be received at Villanova.» Read More
Additional video coverage of FIRE’s March 30 trip to Villanova University to cover a speech by conservative social scientist Charles Murray.
Click this link for FIRE’s full coverage of the event.» Read More