Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the author of the books Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech. He is also co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Additionally, Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, co-authored FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.
A graduate of American University and Stanford Law School, Greg has always focused on the First Amendment and constitutional law, and he has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s college campuses.
Greg is a blogger for The Huffington Post and Ricochet.com, and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, and numerous other publications. He is a frequent guest on national television shows and local and nationally syndicated radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, Fox’s Special Report and The Kelly File, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.
In 2008, Greg became the first-ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Award, and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. Greg was also an executive producer of Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture, both on and off campus.
Before joining FIRE, Greg practiced law in Northern California; interned at the ACLU of Northern California and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague, Czech Republic; and was the development manager of the EnvironMentors Project in Washington, D.C. He is a proud member of the board of advisors of Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile, and in his free time, he runs the Genetic Music Project, an open source genetic art project combining music and science.
- “What I should have said at FreedomFest,” The Daily Caller, July 16, 2012
- “Does Harvard Want Bold Thinkers or Good Little Boys and Girls?,” The Huffington Post, September 7, 2011
- “Judging a Book By Its Cover — Literally,”The Huffington Post, May 2, 2008
Based on Greg’s book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, this speech reveals how the intolerance for dissent and debate on America’s college campuses threatens the freedom of every citizen—and makes us all just a little bit dumber.