FIRE Summer Conference 2018

FIRE Student Network Summer Conference

Meet FIRE staff and fellow student advocates for free speech from across the country. Learn strategies and techniques for creating real change on campus.

What are the details?

The FSN Summer Conference will take place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 20-22, 2018. The conference will kick off on Friday afternoon and end with lunch on Sunday.

We welcome current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen.

Applications are due Sunday, June 17th at 11:59 pm (ET).

What’s included?

Housing and meals will be provided for all attendees. FIRE will also pay a stipend of up to $300 for travel costs. Students must attend the full conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.

Speakers

Jacob Mchangama is founder and CEO of Danish judicial think-tank Justitia. He writes and narrates the podcast “Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech,” is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Center, and a visiting fellow at FIRE. Jacob holds an LLM from the University of Copenhagen and is admitted to the Danish bar. In 2016, he was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship and was the 2015 winner of Jyllands-Posten’s Free Speech Award. He is the author of “BUT: The History of Free Speech in Denmark” (2016). His work on freedom of expression and human rights has been featured in international media including Foreign Affairs, NPR, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and the Economist.

Ira Glasser served as the fifth executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 until his retirement in 2001. He began his career at the American Civil Liberties in 1967 when he was appointed as associate director of the New York Civil Liberties Union before becoming its executive director in 1970. Glasser is a trained mathematician and taught at both the City University in New York and Sarah Lawrence College before his tenure at the ACLU. He currently serves as president of the board of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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.”

Ready to speak out on campus? This is your chance to learn how to assert your free speech rights. Apply today!

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