FIRE Regional Conference

FIRE Regional Conference attendees

FIRE Regional Conference

FIRE’s 2021 Regional Conference: Student Online Speech

This one-day event offers a crash course on freedom of expression — with particular emphasis on threats to speech online.

What are the details?

The FIRE Fall Regional Conference: Student Online Speech will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University.

What are we doing?

At the conference, you will join dozens of college students from across the country for a day of intensive study on student rights. This event will cover threats to speech online–from professors muting class discussions to self-censorship on social media. Our fall regional conference will provide you with tools to advance freedom of expression in the digital age.

Keynote Speaker

Ken PaulsonKen Paulson
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 on Saturday, October 16 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!