2019 Faculty Conference
Oct. 31-Nov. 2

FIRE 2019 Faculty Conference

  • Now accepting attendee applications
  • Travel vouchers available for eligible applicants
  • Apply now, as space as limited!
Steven Pinker. (Rose Lincoln/Harvard University)Steven Pinker. (Rose Lincoln/Harvard University)

FIRE is proud to announce our 2019 Faculty Conference at Boston University this fall. We’ll start with the biggest: FIRE is very excited to announce that world-renowned Harvard University professor, author, and intellectual Steven Pinker will deliver our conference keynote address!

Pinker, a member of FIRE’s Advisory Council, is currently Harvard’s Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology. He is the author of 10 books including, most recently, the New York Times-bestselling “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” (You can hear him discuss the book, among other topics, on our So To Speak podcast.) As one of America’s leading thinkers and a longtime advocate for liberal values in higher education, we’re delighted to have him join us this fall.

Second, FIRE is now accepting general applications for all collegiate faculty and advanced graduate students interested in attending our conference. As in previous years, 2019 conference attendees will be eligible to receive a travel voucher of up to $750 to assist with the costs of travel and lodging. There is no deadline for applying, but space is limited; our previous conferences hosted roughly 60-70 faculty members, and we expect a similar turnout this year. Interested participants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Apply to attend now!

Please note that while applications for attendance remain open, the deadline to submit presentation proposals has passed. FIRE received a multitude of high-quality proposals. Thank you to all who applied!

Further inquiries? Email facultyconference@thefire.org. 

FIRE and FIRE’s Faculty Conference are not affiliated with Boston University. Although the conference is scheduled to occur on the campus of Boston University, the use of University facilities and/or property does not constitute or imply the endorsement or support of FIRE or FIRE’s Faculty Conference by Boston University.