Faculty Conference Keynotes

Steven Pinker delivers the keynote address at FIRE's 2019 Faculty Conference in Boston.

Steven Pinker: ‘Who, Me Controversial?’

Professor Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and a member of FIRE’s Advisory Council, delivers the keynote address at FIRE’s 2019 Faculty Conference. The keynote was delivered at the Hyatt…

Professor Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and a member of FIRE’s Advisory Council, delivers the keynote address at FIRE’s 2019 Faculty Conference. The keynote was delivered at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge near Boston University, site of this year’s conference, on November 1, 2019. Pinker’s keynote address draws on his long tenure in academe, touching on several heated controversies within the fields of cognitive science, psychology, and linguistics. Pinker broadens from there to an analysis of the political polarization of higher education and its implications, among them what he refers to as the moralization of intellectual hypotheses, which can both impede rigorous analysis of an idea on its own merits and stifle meaningful, well-intentioned debate. More information about the conference can be found here.

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2018 FIRE Faculty Conference Keynote Address

Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, delivers the keynote address at the conference. More information on the conference can be found here.

Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, delivers the keynote address at the conference. More information on the conference can be found here.

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Alice Dreger’s keynote address on academic freedom at FIRE’s 2017 faculty conference

Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and a self-described (im)patient advocate. Dreger delivered the keynote address at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s 2017…

Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and a self-described (im)patient advocate. Dreger delivered the keynote address at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's 2017 Faculty Conference in Dallas, Texas, on October 7, 2017. Dreger is the author of “Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice,” which was named an "Editor's Choice" by The New York Times Book Review. The wide-ranging keynote and discussion at FIRE's conference touched on the cases chronicled in "Galileo's Middle Finger," Dreger's fight against censorship by the administration of Northwestern University, which led her to resign her position in its medical school, the threat posed by university administrations to academic freedom and shared governance, and much more. More information on Dreger's scholarship, writing, and activism can be found on her website at alicedreger.com. More information on FIRE's conference can be found here.

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