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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

Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago's Academic Freedom Statement

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Though far from over, 2015 may be remembered as a year when free speech and academic freedom on campus took center stage. From the months-long Title IX "inquisition" waged against Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis, to students in Utah and Texas being confined to tiny...

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A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters)

(24) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:45 PM

The April issue of The New Yorker magazine included one of the more powerful rallying cries to defend global free speech that I've read this year. Written by George Packer, it discussed how, at that point, two secular or atheist bloggers had been killed in the streets of...

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3 Quick Notes About 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 10:01 AM

I'm excited to announce that The Atlantic just published my feature article "The Coddling of the American Mind," which I co-wrote with my friend, best-selling author, and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. In the article, we talk about the behaviors we have observed on college campuses and how some...

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A Big Victory in Georgia Points the Way to Ending Abuses of Freedom of Speech on Campus

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Today marks the official end of an eight-year legal odyssey for one student who was kicked out of his college for clearly protected speech back in 2007. While this shameful incident at a college in southern Georgia could have easily ended in obscurity, the hard-won triumph in this...

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Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Next week I head off to the land of my mum -- the United Kingdom -- to talk about global threats to free speech and academic freedom. As several recent high profile examples here in the United States demonstrate, the topic couldn't be timelier.

Northwestern University is...

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My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has been fighting to protect freedom of speech on college and university campuses since 1999. It is with great honor that I share with you the testimony that I will be giving to the U.S. House...

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Garry Trudeau Sides With Power Against Real Dissenters

(40) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Here's one piece of self-deception that must stop: If you believe that people should not mock or make fun of religion -- even Islam -- you are not on the side of the "powerless."

If you believe in hate speech or blasphemy laws that would stop people from "defaming"...

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Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:58 PM

The problem with books that diagnose great societal failures--from the housing bubble to civil liberties violations in the "war on terror," and everything in between--is that they tend to come out after the moral panic or shameful event has largely, if not entirely, passed. Thus, they allow us to look...

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Talking on Eggshells in College

(119) 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

(19) 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

(16) 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

(5) 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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