FIRE Student Network Summer Conference
Meet FIRE staff and fellow student advocates for free speech from across the country. Learn strategies and techniques for creating real change on campus.
What are the details?
The FSN Summer Conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 19-21, 2019. The conference will kick off on Friday afternoon and end with lunch on Sunday.
We welcome current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen.
Applications are due Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm (ET).
Housing and meals will be provided for all attendees. FIRE will also pay a stipend of up to $300 for travel costs. Students must attend the entirety of the conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.
Professor Randall Kennedy
Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in the District of Columbia. He attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.
He is also a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His most recent books are For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011), Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), and Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also an emeritus Trustee of Princeton University.
Nadine Strossen, a chaired professor at New York Law School, is a leading expert in constitutional law and human rights. She is the immediate past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), and now serves on the advisory boards of the ACLU, EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. When Strossen stepped down as ACLU President, three Supreme Court Justices participated in her farewell/tribute luncheon: Justices Ginsburg, Scalia, and Souter.
The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers”; several other publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women; and she has received many honorary degrees and awards.
Strossen has made thousands of presentations before diverse audiences around the world, including on more than 500 campuses. She is a frequent media commentator and prolific author, of both academic and general interest publications. Her acclaimed 2018 book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read.” Her earlier book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, was named by the New York Times as a “notable book” of 1995.
What people are saying
“I would highly, highly recommend this conference to friends. I learned so much and I think more students ought to learn what their rights truly are.”
“While the sessions and speeches were terrific, the biggest strength of the program was the outstanding opportunity to get to know other students working on their campuses to expand student rights.”
“I would recommend this conference in a heartbeat! It was a terrifically rewarding and intellectually stimulating weekend and I am so grateful to have been able to attend.”
Ready to speak out on campus? This is your chance to learn how to assert your free speech rights.