Panelists Confirmed for the Campus Freedom Network Student Conference

March 19, 2009

Two weeks ago we announced that we would be hosting FIRE’s second annual Campus Freedom Network Student Conference on June 1820, opening with dinner and a lecture on Thursday night, June 18, by KC Johnson, coauthor of Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. Wendy Kaminer, author of eight books including Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today, will give the keynote address on Friday night.

We have confirmed that FIRE Co-founder, Chairman of FIRE’s Board of Directors, and famed civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate will open the conference on Friday morning with a speech about the founding of FIRE. He will then moderate a panel on the philosophical underpinnings of FIRE’s mission. Panelists include David French, Daphne Patai, and Derek Shaffer.

Former FIRE president David French is currently director of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom. He is a former lecturer at Cornell Law School, author of FIRE’s Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus, and co-author with Harvey Silverglate and Greg Lukianoff of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. French is a regular commentator on Phi Beta Cons and led the successful litigation against Temple University’s speech code in DeJohn v. Temple University in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Daphne Patai is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a member of FIRE’s Board of Directors. A long-time commentator on higher education, she has authored and edited twelve books, most recently What Price Utopia: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs.

Derek Shaffer is a graduate of and professor at Stanford Law School and Executive Director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. He was a panelist at the CFN conference last year.

The conference will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia, just blocks from FIRE’s headquarters. Only student CFN members may apply. Interested students should register for the CFN here and apply for the conference here.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on other presenters at this year’s conference.