- 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?
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
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the great features of our recently launched First Amendment Library. This one-of-a-kind resource has something for everyone, from law professors to high schoolers.
For a quick recap of all the highlights—from our 900+ First Amendment case database, to a historical timeline of the history of free speech in America, to our unique document collections—FIRE has put together this short video tutorial.» Read More
Everyone has that certain someone who is impossible to buy for. So this holiday season, skip the lines at the mall and give a gift that actually matters—the gift of free speech.» Read More
Going to college means a heap of new, adult responsibilities, like doing your own laundry and making sure you turn that term paper in on time.
But there are also benefits to adulthood. We at FIRE think perhaps the most important of those benefits is your freedom of speech.» Read More