FIRE EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Carlin, Rain Pryor, and Kitty Bruce Speak Out About Their Fathers and the Fight for Free Speech in Comedy (VIDEO/PODCAST)
If you look up Comedy Central’s list of the 100 best stand-up comedians of all time, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Lenny Bruce sit atop it at one, two, and three, respectively.
Rain Pryor, Kelly Carlin, and Kitty Bruce are the daughters of the godfathers of comedy, and today you can hear them speak out—for the first time ever together—about their fathers and the fight for free speech in comedy on and off campus.» Read More
Harvard University’s announcement that it will blacklist students who join single-gender social organizations—banning them from holding leadership positions in Recognized Independent Student Organizations (ISOs), captaining sports teams, or even getting recommendations for some scholarships—has been criticized by students, faculty, and alumni, including some of Harvard’s biggest names.» Read More
Administrators at college campuses routinely use speech codes to launch investigations into campus newspapers, prohibit religious symbols, and silence support for political candidates. Instead of fostering a marketplace of ideas at the university, faculty and students often push to disinvite controversial speakers and entertainers.» Read More
Want FIRE’s Take on Free Speech at Public and Private Schools? Emory’s Volokh Spells It Out in Two Minutes
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
In a video now available on C-SPAN, Emory University School of Law professor Alexander “Sasha” Volokh explains FIRE’s stance on free speech at private and public schools in a single, precise, and thought-provoking soundbite.» Read More
Her journey started with wearing a black armband to school and proceeded to the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969), but it by no means stopped there: Mary Beth Tinker, namesake of the Tinker decision, continues to be a free-speech icon.» Read More
On Saturday, President Obama spoke to Howard University’s graduating class of 2016. Over the years, the historic institution, which was established by the Freedmen’s Bureau after President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, has provided a platform for an array of voices, including artists, doctors, and civil rights activists. It’s therefore only natural that President Obama would choose to reflect on free speech during his commencement address there.» Read More
Conference Coverage: ‘The Fate of Freedom of Expression in Liberal Democracies’ at Wellesley (VIDEO)
“The Fate of Freedom of Expression in Liberal Democracies,” held at Wellesley College in October 2015, brought together scholars, public intellectuals, journalists, and editors from across the world to discuss matters related to free expression in the West. FIRE was there to cover the action at the event, organized by Wellesley College Professor Thomas Cushman and Danish human-rights advocate Jacob Mchangama.» Read More
William’s College’s Zach Wood sat down with FIRE to talk about the importance of combating bad ideas with good ones, and how he experienced backlash for encouraging that difficult-but-necessary dialogue.» Read More
Reason is highlighting FIRE issues with their latest video.
Nick Gillespie, Editor in Chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently sat down to ask FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff about trends in campus speech, the latest headline-making controversies (the recent disinvitation at Williams College, and protests over “Trump 2016” chalkings at Emory University, to name a few), as well as the upcoming release of the FIRE-supported documentary Can We Take a Joke?» Read More
When Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis published “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” in The Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2015, she didn’t expect she’d become the target of a Title IX investigation as a result.» Read More