Fall ‘FIRE Quarterly’ Now Available

By November 2, 2009

The fall issue of our newsletter, The FIRE Quarterly, is now available here. This edition focuses on FIRE’s fall semester initiatives, including our largest-ever national advertising campaign, updates from the Campus Freedom Network, a recap of our summer internship program, and the latest on FIRE’s victories for free speech on campus.  

In his "From the President" article, Greg Lukianoff honors FIRE’s ten-year anniversary by reminiscing about coming to FIRE in 2001 and watching FIRE grow into what it has become today. He writes,

In those early days, there seemed to be someone working on cases in the FIRE office at all hours of the day and night. Every case was a hard fight, requiring a constant coordination of argument, outreach, factual analysis, legal research, campaigning, and engaging the media. Every case was an uphill battle; we were a tiny organization fighting an academic industry with billions of dollars at their disposal. Every case on behalf of student and faculty rights was fought hard, and every victory was sweet.

Today, I am approaching my fourth year as president of FIRE. While many things have changed, much remains the same. Though FIRE has grown substantially, it is still a small organization fighting a multi-billion-dollar industry that shows little respect for the rights, autonomy, and even private conscience of students and faculty members. Every victory is still sweet and hard-fought. I am proud that gradually our record of successes has grown and grown. Over the past ten years, FIRE has secured 155 public victories at 118 colleges and universities with a total enrollment of more than 2.5 million students, and we are directly responsible for changing 77 unconstitutional or repressive policies affecting more than 1.5 million students. I never forget that at the heart of each of these victories is a student, faculty member, or group of students who would have been denied their most basic rights had Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate not founded FIRE ten years ago.

FIRE’s achievements provide us with more opportunities to defend and educate about individual rights on college campuses. For more on the continued successes and campaigns of FIRE, be sure to check out The FIRE Quarterly.

Fall ‘FIRE Quarterly’ Now Available

By November 19, 2008

The fall 2008 issue of The FIRE Quarterly is now available online and includes highlights and updates from our most recent cases at Valdosta State University, Temple University, and the University of Delaware. Also included are the profiles of two of the first student members inducted into the Campus Freedom Network’s (CFN’s) Prometheus SocietyJohn Eubank and Josh Warren. These students have accumulated over 125 points in the CFN’s incentive program and are currently extremely active in working to change the culture of speech repression on their individual campuses.

FIRE’s 2008 summer interns are also profiled in this edition, and they offer testimonials to other students who might be interested in interning with FIRE in the future. Brian Mink, a 2008 summer intern, remarks, "There is no doubt that FIRE’s enjoyable and thoroughly engaging atmosphere has made me a better American and a better advocate for fundamental human rights."

Finally, the Quarterly highlights FIRE’s U.S. News & World Report advertisement, which not only brought over 120,000 new visitors to FIRE’s website but also successfully pressured one Red Alert schoolValdosta Stateto revoke its unconstitutional free speech zone policy and restore freedom of expression to all corners of campus. Valdosta State has since been removed from FIRE’s Red Alert list and we hope that the remaining four schools will follow suit.

To read the complete fall issue of The FIRE Quarterly, click here. To receive a hard copy, consider making a donation of $25 to FIRE today. Your gift will ensure our continued success in defending individual rights in higher education and in changing the campus culture.