FIRE Student Network Conference

  • Conference dates: July 24–26, 2015. Applications are due by July 3.
  • Meet FIRE staff and fellow student advocates for free speech from across the country.
  • Hear from Radley Balko and Nadine Strossen.
  • Learn strategies for effecting real change on campus.
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What People Are Saying

“I would highly, highly recommend this conference to friends. I learned so much and I think more students ought to learn what their rights truly are.

“While the sessions and speeches were terrific, the biggest strength of the program was the outstanding opportunity to get to know other students working on their campuses to expand student rights.”

“I would recommend this conference in a heartbeat! It was a terrifically rewarding and intellectually stimulating weekend and I am so grateful to have been able to attend.”

“As was pointed out at the conference — administrators often get away with their policies because students don’t know what their rights are. Education is the most important aspect of progress in free speech.

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Radley Balko is an opinion blogger at the Washington Post where he runs the popular civil liberties and criminal justice reform blog, The Watch. He is the author of the 2014 book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, and a media fellow at the Cato Institute. A leading voice on national civil liberties issues, Balko’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR, and his work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nadine Strossen has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. As president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 through 2008—the first woman and youngest person ever to fill that role—she helped to nearly double the organization’s membership. When Professor Strossen stepped down as ACLU President in 2008, three Supreme Court Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell/tribute luncheon.

She has commented frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. Twice named one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal, Strossen is now the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School.

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Location & Dates

  • We will begin with a reception on Friday afternoon and end with lunch on Sunday.
  • Housing and meals will be provided for all attendees.
  • Students must attend the full conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.
  • We welcome current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania
July 24–26, 2015

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