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Greg Lukianoff
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

Talking on Eggshells in College

(116) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Imagine a hotline that you could call any time to anonymously report your neighbors for perceived slights against you. These slights aren't crimes. Rather, this hotline is for opinions, jokes, or even gestures that could be seen as an affront to one's "race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more."

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Free Speech on Campus: The 10 Worst Offenders of 2014

(15) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 8:38 AM

College is the place where students should be encouraged to, as Yale promises, "think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable." Unfortunately, schools all across the country not only fall short on promises of free expression and academic freedom but openly suppress constitutionally protected speech on...

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The Upside of Your Dark Side, Free Speech, and 'Problems of Comfort'

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:10 AM

Before we leave the first month of 2015 I need to say, 2014 was a great year for mass market, non-narrative non-fiction (which I call, for simplicity's sake, "popular non-fiction"). As I confessed last March, I am a huge booster of the genre, not as a guilty pleasure,...

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Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Given the horrifying attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France and a seemingly related firebombing attack in Germany, I realized now was the right time to release this video of an interview I conducted with free speech hero Jonathan Rauch last summer.

In the...

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2014: The Year of the Heckler

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:30 PM

It's somehow fitting that 2014 should end with one of the most spectacular exercises of the heckler's veto in recent history.

As you may have heard, Sony Pictures has scrapped the release of its new film The Interview after a well-publicized hack of their private emails by...

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Citrus College: Campus Speech Codes Used to Stifle Anti-NSA Speech (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Imagine: a student trying to oppose the NSA's Orwellian spying program is told by an official on the campus of public university that he cannot do so outside of the university's Orwellian (and tiny) "free speech zone."

I know, I know, I usually bristle at the use...

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5 Important Points About the Bill Maher-UC Berkeley Controversy

(13) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:49 PM

As you probably already know, the University of California, Berkeley, is embroiled in a commencement speaker controversy. Students are protesting UC Berkeley's invitation to evangelical atheist and comedian Bill Maher to speak at the school's December graduation.

The controversy comes in the wake of a headline-grabbing exchange with...

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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"

(1) 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)!

(1) 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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