Register for FIRE’s Student Summer Conference Today!

Annual FIRE Student Network Summer Conference to take place July 16–18 in Philadelphia.

FIRE Student Network Summer Conference

Our biggest and most popular event is back!

You’re going to:

Forge connections and network with peers.

Ignite your rights.

Reform your campus to suit your civil liberties.

Engage with FIRE staff and fellow student-advocates.

What are the details?

The FSN Summer Conference will take place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 16–18, 2021. The conference will kick off on Friday evening 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, July 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm (ET).

Keynote Speakers

Jane Coaston

Jane Coaston

Jane Coaston is the host of “The Argument.” Previously, she was senior politics reporter at Vox with a focus on conservatism and the GOP. Her work has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and in National Review, the Washington Post, the Ringer and ESPN Magazine, among others. In addition, she is a former resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. She attended the University of Michigan, and lives in Washington, D.C.

Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo is the inaugural Litigation Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He has been involved in the conception and litigation of nearly all of the Institute’s legal challenges. Prior to joining the Institute, Abdo worked for eight years at the ACLU, where he was at the forefront of litigation relating to NSA surveillance, encryption, anonymous speech online, government transparency, and the post-9/11 abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. In 2015, he argued the closely watched appeal that resulted in the Second Circuit invalidating the NSA’s call-records program. Abdo graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and for the Hon. Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

What’s included?

Meals will be provided for all attendees. FIRE will also reimburse up to $500 for travel and lodging costs. Students must attend the entirety of the conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.

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 ignite your rights. Apply today!