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Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and author Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate. Greg is a member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Greg has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, Forbes, the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason, CNET, The Daily Caller, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. He is a co-author of FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus and authored a chapter in the anthology New Threats to Freedom. Greg is a frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs, has represented FIRE on national television shows, including CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox’s Special Report and The O’Reilly Factor, Fox Business’s Stossel and The Independents, and MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy, and has testified before the U.S. Senate about free speech issues on America’s campuses.

In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum's Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law.

Entries by Greg Lukianoff

Professor Suspended for Game of Throne T-Shirt Fights Back and Wins

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Last April, I wrote about the absurd treatment of Professor Francis Schmidt by Bergen Community College (BCC) officials who seem better suited for Westeros than New Jersey.

Schmidt, an art and animation professor, posted a picture of his young daughter wearing a T-shirt with the Game of...

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Nat Hentoff: Jazz, Edward Snowden and the Eternally Radical Idea of Free Speech (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Whether you care about jazz, civil liberties, freedom of speech throughout history, or the First Amendment on campus, be sure to check out this new interview with jazz critic and civil liberties legend Nat Hentoff. Nat, who is on the board of advisors for my organization, the Foundation for Individual...

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7 Things Cracked Got Wrong About Free Speech

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:54 AM

On Tuesday, Cracked's Chris Bucholz decided that he needed to set the Internet straight on a couple issues about freedom of speech. He got some things right, including that people really need to understand that the right to free speech does not protect them from criticism or mockery...

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Freedom of Speech or Freedom From Speech: 50 Years After the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Late Friday afternoon, at a time usually reserved for announcements campus administrators would prefer to bury, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent out a message to all faculty, staff, and students titled "Civility and Free Speech." While the message was intended to honor the 50-year anniversary of the...

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4 Free Speech Lawsuits in One Morning: Stepping Up the Fight Against Campus Speech Codes

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:11 AM

For seven years I have written for The Huffington Post about the problem of campus speech codes -- absurd, often unconstitutional restrictions on the free speech of college students and professors. Today, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a

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New Report: The Push Against Campus Speakers Is Getting More Intense

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Back in March, I wrote a post about a phenomenon that I kind of assumed already everyone knew about. Within my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), we call this "disinvitation season," the time of year when -- thanks to high-profile commencement speakers...

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Hawaiian Students Challenge 'Censorship Swamp' in First Amendment Lawsuit

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Back in January, two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo were told by a campus official that they couldn't approach their fellow students to give them copies of the Constitution.

Just a week later, one of the same students was told that if she wanted to engage...

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Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Differ

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Yesterday, 58 prominent business people, public intellectuals, authors, professors, and many lifelong champions of gay-rights came together to sign a statement affirming both their belief in marriage equality and their belief in the importance of free speech, dissent, and pluralism. The letter was in response to the public...

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Free Speech, Twitter, and the "Collective Unconsciousness of the Species"

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Last month my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia co-hosted a panel discussion, 'The State of Free Speech in America.' The panelists included Dr. Stanley Fish of the Cardozo School of Law, University of Chicago...

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'Game of Thrones' Quote Deemed Too Threatening for NJ Community College

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:12 PM

If there's one thing I've learned as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), it's that I will always be amazed by the absurd ways colleges try to censor students and faculty.

Unfortunately, another school, Bergen Community College (BCC), has amazed me again.

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Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Ever since Brandeis University decided last week to revoke an honorary degree it was poised to grant to controversial women's rights activist and atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Internet has blown up with discussion, with some people condemning the decision, others defending it, and still others...

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Virginia Legislature to Campuses: Down With Free Speech (Zones)!

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Q: How can a "free speech zone" on a college campus be a bad thing for free speech?

A: When it's actually a backwards way of saying that more than 99 percent of that campus is a "censorship zone."

As I've covered many

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'Just Babies': In Praise of Popular Non-Fiction

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:31 AM

"The one year old decided to take justice into his own hands." Thus opens Paul Bloom's Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, an exceedingly enjoyable distillation of the findings of decades of "baby studies"--research into the behavior of infants, toddlers, and young children.

The book...

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Disinvitation Season, Free Speech, and Unlearning Liberty

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Every year around commencement time my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), gets ready for what we call "disinvitation season." That is the time, usually early in the spring, when students and faculty get together to demand that an invited guest speaker--usually a commencement speaker--be...

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After First Amendment Lawsuit, California College Settles with Student Stopped from Distributing Copies of Constitution

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Last September 17, Modesto Junior College told student Robert Van Tuinen that he couldn't hand out copies of the Constitution on campus in honor of the Constitution Day.

Last night, Modesto Junior College signed a settlement agreement with Van Tuinen, ending his First Amendment lawsuit. As part...

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The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

(9) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:24 PM

College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas.

To close out the year, we at the Foundation...

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Epic Coalition Joins Fight for the Right to Dissent on Campus in 'Facebook Collage' Case

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Way back in 2007, student Hayden Barnes was kicked out of Valdosta State University (VSU). Barnes was labeled a "clear and present danger" to campus and would not be afforded notice or a hearing before he had to leave.

The justification for Barnes' expulsion? A collage--seen below (This...

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'Kindly Inquisitors' and How We All Lose the 'Offendedness Sweepstakes'

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:58 PM

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society.

In Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attack on Free Thought, Brookings Institution scholar and journalist Jonathan Rauch provides a spirited and elegant defense of the special role...

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No Greek Letters Allowed on One Public Campus (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:23 PM

A student group at a public university in Utah has been told that it may not use Greek letters in its name. Why? Because the university believes that Greek letters will give the public the impression that it is a "party school" and, according to a lawyer for the university,...

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Unlearning Privacy: the NSA and the Modern American College Campus Have More in Common Than You Might Think

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:31 PM

In my book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (which will be one year old tomorrow), I argue that modern college students are learning the wrong lessons about what it means to live as citizens in a free society.

Through campus speech codes...

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