Watch the 2012 CFN Conference Live!

July 26, 2012

The 2012 CFN Conference is just one day away! Students from across the country will be gathering at Bryn Mawr College to learn about their rights on campus this weekend. Attendees will hear from FIRE staff and our distinguished speakers, including:


  • Professor Don Downs, an award-winning professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to his scholarship on freedom of speech, academic freedom, and campus politics, Professor Downs has been an active defender of academic freedom on UW’s campus, where he serves as the president of the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights. [Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT]
  • Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor who taught ethics and serves as a member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors. She has been an outspoken critic of the erosion of due process on campus. She is also known for her extensive writings about education and is currently a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. [Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT]
  • Robert Corn-Revere, a partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington, D.C., and a First Amendment expert. Corn-Revere is the lead attorney for former Valdosta State University student Hayden Barnes in Barnes v. Zaccari, a federal civil rights case that has been before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. [Sunday, 11:45 a.m. EDT]

Our student panelists will hear about some of FIRE’s recent campus controversies from the students themselves, including Len Audaer from Syracuse University, Morgan Freeman from Sam Houston State University, Eric Philips from Auburn University, Kenny Tan from Vanderbilt University, and Matt Werenczak from Syracuse University.

For those of you who are unable to join us this weekend, we will be live streaming some sessions starting Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and resuming at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. You can watch sessions live on the CFN’s Ustream channel.

FIRE’s staff also will be blogging and tweeting from the conference. Check The Torch and our Facebook and Twitter pages (#CFN2012) for updates.