Vice President of Operations
Sean Clark graduated from Penn State University in 2003 where he earned a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. As an undergraduate campus activist, he presided over Undergraduate Student Government Senate as its president, chaired the Student Organization Appeals Board, and served as vice-chairman and later as chairman of Penn State Young Americans for Freedom. In 2001, Sean became involved with FIRE when the foundation intervened on the behalf of YAF in a religious liberty dispute. In part, this experience would lead him to become interested in defending individual rights on college campuses. This would eventually lead him to joining FIRE as a program associate in 2005 and result in a career that would take him to his current position of vice president of operations. Although Sean’s main duty is to run the day-to-day business operations of FIRE, he still enjoys attending conferences and speaking at colleges and universities.
- “There Is No Such Thing as ‘Hate Speech’,” February 24, 2006
- “Offensive Halloween Costumes and Censorship,” October 31, 2006
- “Free Speech and Student Government Elections,”August 15, 2007
WHAT ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL? REAL STORIES ABOUT THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
When we talk about individual rights, we rarely ever discuss the actual individuals whose experiences helped us craft what exactly those rights mean. This speech does just that, though: It tells the human side of the story and how the experience of having fundamental rights denied weave into people’s life stories.
LET FREEDOM RING: HOW TO WAGE WAR AGAINST YOUR COLLEGE’S SPEECH CODE
Despite decades of successful legal challenges, speech codes still linger on college campuses. With more speech codes being struck down every year, some with big dollar awards, college administrations are now more open than ever to reforming these codes. This speech will identify speech codes at your college and help motivate you to build a broad coalition to work to rid their campus of these unconstitutional and immoral policies.