FIRE Regional Conference

FIRE Regional Conference attendees

FIRE Regional Conference

Unfortunately, the 2020 FIRE Regional Conference has been postponed. This page will be updated when a new date has been selected. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

FIRE’s 2020 Regional Conference: Campaigning on Campus

This one-day event offers a crash course on freedom of expression — with particular emphasis on this year’s political campaign.

What are the details?

The date for the The FIRE Regional Conference: Campaigning on Campus in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University will be September 19, 2020.

What are we doing?

Attendees will learn from experts in the field about the history of censorship on campus and the forces at play in the current struggle against restrictive speech codes. Participants will also work closely with FIRE staff to develop strategies to campaign with the confidence backed by a robust understanding of the First Amendment and its protections.

Ken Paulson
Keynote Speaker

Ken Paulson is a journalist, lawyer and educator who has combined these roles as an advocate and expert on the First Amendment. He’s the director of the Free Speech Center and the former editor of USA Today, where he remains a columnist writing about First Amendment issues. He’s also the former president of the First Amendment Center and the Newseum.

Ken is widely known for developing creative approaches to teaching the First Amendment, including a musical stage show called “Shut Up and Dance,” the social media campaign “Free to Tweet,” and the Emmy-honored national television show “Speaking Freely.”

What’s included?

Meals will be provided for attendees. Additionally, a travel reimbursement of up to $300 will be available to help students travel to and from the conference.

Ready to speak out on campus? This is your chance to learn how to assert your free speech rights. Apply today!