Update: July 2, 2020

Unfortunately, due to expected restrictions on group gatherings required as part of city and state COVID-19 protocols, FIRE has postponed our conference in Chicago until 2021. We expect to announce replacement dates for our conference in the near future.

While FIRE will not be holding its conference in the usual format this year, we hope to continue supporting faculty research and scholarship, and are working on developing alternative programming for the upcoming academic year. Faculty who are not already members of FIRE’s Faculty Network are strongly encouraged to sign up to ensure that they receive the most up-to-date information on FIRE’s future programming plans and new planned resources for faculty. 

FIRE’s 2019 Faculty Conference was held at Boston University from October 31–November 2, 2019, bringing together roughly 70 faculty members from institutions around the country. We hope to issue a volume based on the collected papers presented at last year’s conference soon.

The volumes of 2017 and 2018 conference papers are available now.

We appreciate the enthusiasm and support faculty have shown for our conference since it was first held in 2017, and look forward to holding it again in 2021. Please feel free to email facultyoutreach@thefire.org if you have any questions.


Praise for FIRE’s Faculty Conference

“I have attended twice now and I have found both exceptionally important, both in terms of my own thinking about free speech issues and in being motivated to work on them at my campus. I hope it continues in the future. I think it’s making a real impact on developing a national network of like-minded individuals and setting the stage for important reforms.” – Matthew Mulvaney, Syracuse University

“Respectful disagreements are sometimes anathema in professional conferences. FIRE’s conference is a welcome breath of fresh air.” – Siddhartha Roy, Virginia Tech

“On many campuses dissenting against the stultifying orthodoxy can be a lonely and alienating experience. If nothing else, the FIRE faculty conference assures individual dissidents that they are not on their own and that they have allies elsewhere in the academy.” – Helen Baxendale, University of Oxford

“While it was great to interact with like-minded people, this setting enabled heated disagreement and substantive debate, without the looming fear and dread associated with such discourse on campus. I haven’t experienced this type of dialogue in a long time, and found it both refreshing and enriching.” – Matt Moreali, Southern Oregon University