FIRE's annual CFN conference—happening this year July 27-29, just outside of Philadelphia—unites student advocates for free speech from across the country. Attendees learn from distinguished First Amendment scholars, fellow student activists, and FIRE staff about the philosophical and legal arguments for student rights on campus. I went to my first CFN conference as a FIRE intern in 2008, and it is truly a fantastic experience. The 2012 CFN Conference is fast approaching and I think all interested students should apply, but don't just take my word for it. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend the CFN conference, according to past student attendees:
5. "The speakers are absolutely fantastic. Never have I had such a good time listening to really intelligent and informed people speak about important issues so well."
4. "The conference provides a fast paced intro to student rights and motivational cases to inspire activism."
3. "The sessions provide insights into many different aspects of FIRE's work and highlight a variety of obstacles to free speech on college campuses."
2. "The socials are one of the best things about the conference-it is a great chance to socialize and discuss ideas."
1. "Biggest strength - eating dinner with Will Creeley."
Will likes to think that last item was sarcastic, but I know for a fact that conference attendees have a great time hanging out with FIRE staff, and we always enjoy meeting students interested in protecting free speech on campus!
This year's conference will be held July 27-29 at Bryn Mawr College, just outside of Philadelphia. Registration, room, and board is FREE, and FIRE will also provide up to $300 to reimburse travel expenses for accepted students to travel to Bryn Mawr.