As December barrels along, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate continues to garner praise and commendations online, on campus, and on-air.
On his award-winning legal blog, The Legal Satyricon, renowned First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza penned a powerful review of Greg’s book last week, calling Unlearning Liberty "a must-read for every First Amendment defender out there." And former FIRE President David French echoed this assessment in a note published at National Review Online, hailing Unlearning Liberty as an "important" work that "should shake the complacent to their core."
Greg’s message is being heard loud and clear on campus, too. Writing for Swarthmore College student newspaper The Phoenix, Danielle Charette discusses Unlearning Liberty and Swarthmore’s speech codes in light of Greg’s recent speech at the University of Pennsylvania last month. Focusing on her school’s restrictions, Charette writes:
It’s true that speech codes at private colleges like Swarthmore present somewhat trickier cases than public universities, since the Bill of Rights only applies to governmental power, not associations that students willingly enter into. Regardless, America’s colleges ought to be upholding the unbridled life of the mind. I doubt Swarthmore and other elite private schools want to make a habit of restricting student speech. Indeed, many students and faculty celebrate our campus as place where they can personally experiment and express themselves in a way they didn’t feel comfortable at home or in other outside communities. This is why it’s all the more disturbing that Swarthmore’s code earns a "red light" on FIRE’s website.
If you’d like to hear Greg talk about Unlearning Liberty in his own words, check out his recent appearance on WGN Radio’s "Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg," available for free streaming online. Rosenberg, a member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors, talks to Greg about why censorship on campus threatens our democratic society. And for those of you on the go, Unlearning Liberty is now available as an audio book, too.
Last but not least, here’s a short video featuring praise for Unlearning Liberty. Check it out!