Tonight, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., is the Bradley Prize award ceremony honoring FIRE Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Alan Charles Kors. As we noted in April, Alan is to receive the Bradley Prize for his inspiring defense of free speech and his scholarship. When the award was announced, Michael W. Grebe, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Foundation, said, "The Bradley Foundation selected Alan Charles Kors not only for his original scholarship in European intellectual history, but also for his defense of free speech…. In these times, free-thinking students have had no greater champion than Dr. Kors."
It bears repeating that FIRE would not be here today without Alan’s commitment to the basic principles of liberty. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania where, in 1993, he defended Eden Jacobowitz in the infamous "water buffalo" case. This case led to the writing of The Shadow University (1998) and to FIRE’s founding, both with Harvey A. Silverglate. The thousands of students and faculty members FIRE has helped over the years have Alan to thank for putting in place a model that has been successful in fighting campus abuses across the country.
You also can see Alan’s FIRE-related writings on our website and interviews with Alan in our videos FIRE on Campus: An Introduction to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and in the PBS Voices of Vision episode "Make No Law: Protecting Individual Rights on Campus."
Once again, congratulations to Alan for this richly deserved honor.