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
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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
Emory President Chalks Pro-Speech Message After Trump Controversy as Students, Alumni Urge More Action (VIDEO)
Emory University president James Wagner has expressed his support of free speech —in chalk— following the controversy over chalk messages written on campus last week in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.» Read More
Eugene Volokh is a computer programmer turned University of California, Los Angeles law professor and First Amendment expert. Eugene founded and writes for The Volokh Conspiracy, which has been described as “one of the Internet’s most-read legal blogs” and is now hosted by The Washington Post.» Read More
Two student groups learned this unfortunate lesson in November 2015 when they tried to host an educational outdoor event about free speech rights on college campuses. They researched examples of speech that was unconstitutionally censored by colleges across the country and used the examples they found to create visual case studies for discussion with passersby on campus.
“We really tried to show the message that, hey, once you give universities the [...] » Read More
Yesterday, I had the privilege of testifying before the Georgia House of Representatives on how students at campuses across the country are being denied due process, due in large part to overreach by the federal government in its enforcement of Title IX guidance.» Read More