Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.”

–Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago

 

FIRE offers a variety of resources for faculty members who would like to protect freedom of expression at their college or university. We would be pleased to work with any faculty member who wishes to help reform their school’s speech codes, would like to convince their institution to adopt a version of the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago (the “Chicago Statement”), is concerned about academic censorship and faculty rights/professor rights at their school, or otherwise wants to improve the free speech climate on campus.

If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to be added to FIRE’s faculty outreach network, please email facultyoutreach@thefire.org.

 

Free Speech Resources for Faculty

 

FIRE Faculty Conference

The FIRE Faculty Conference brings together faculty from a range of disciplines and institutions, who have a variety of viewpoints, to present research and discuss issues related to academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus. The conference provides a venue for faculty to present their work and foster an ongoing dialogue across disciplines and institutions.

This year’s FIRE Faculty Conference will take place from October 11-13, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. FIRE welcomes proposals for papers and posters on a wide array of topics related to academic freedom and freedom of speech in modern higher education. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 30, 2018.

The 2017 FIRE Faculty Conference took place October 2-5, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.

If you would like to receive updates on the conference and other FIRE faculty initiatives, please contact us at facultyoutreach@thefire.org.

In a word, the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”

–Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago