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Greg Lukianoff
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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 Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, the New York Post, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Fraternal Law, Inside Higher Ed, Reason, Free Inquiry, Congressional Quarterly, The Daily Caller, 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, The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC's Dr. Nancy, The Abrams Report, Hannity and Colmes, Stossel, Scarborough Country, and Buchanan and Press, 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

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

(4) 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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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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See You In Court: The College That Prevented a Student From Handing Out Constitutions is Sued in Federal Court

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:47 PM

As should come as a surprise to just about no one, the student who was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on September 17--also known as Constitution Day--filed suit against his college in federal court today. I wrote about the case in more detail...

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On Constitution Day, California College Student Ordered to Stop Handing out Constitutions

(17) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College in California, had a theory. He believed that the policies at his college limiting protests and expression were so restrictive that the college would try to shut him down even if he tried to hand out copies of the United States...

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11 Student and Faculty Victories Over Campus 'Free Speech Zones'

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 10:55 AM

What is a "free speech zone?"

While the term might sound benign, free speech zones are used by our colleges and universities, our cities and towns, and sometimes even our park service rangers as a way to restrict the open expression...

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Speech Codes: Alive and Well, 10 Years Later

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:08 AM

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2003, Harvey Silverglate and I published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education called "Speech Codes: Alive and Well at Colleges." The article debunked the myth that university restrictions on freedom of speech ("speech codes") had gone the way of...

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Harvard and How Silence Isn't Golden

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:55 PM

I'm quite grateful to Erika Christakis, not only for inviting me to speak at Harvard next Tuesday, but also for writing an excellent piece on the importance of "using your words." In it, Christakis laments that today's college students seem unwilling to engage in meaty debate. When faced...

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Emily Bazelon and the Danger of Bringing "Anti-Bullying" Laws to Campus

(21) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:27 AM

If those of us who defend civil liberties had to name our greatest historical adversary, the leading candidate could be summed up in two words: moral panic. Moral panic is a sudden, powerful, and often highly exaggerated perception within a society that people or their values are facing a dire...

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Breaking: Federal Jury Finds College President Personally Liable in 'Facebook Collage' Case

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Earlier today, a federal jury in Georgia found former Valdosta State University (VSU) President Ronald Zaccari personally liable to the tune of $50,000 for violating the due process rights of former student Hayden Barnes.

Barnes was expelled from VSU in 2007 after posting a collage on Facebook mocking...

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Censorship on Campus in 2012: From Benghazi to Free Speech Zones at the University of Missouri

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Looking back at what 2012 had in store for the fight for free speech and basic rights on campus, the best I can say is that it was a mixed bag. There were some encouraging signs along the way, but also many setbacks. For instance, for the fifth straight year,...

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Censored: Top 10 Pics Too Hot for Campus

(22) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:22 PM

In my new book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, I wanted to include a section with all of the pictures that have been the cause of censorship, controversy, or punishment on campus. Unfortunately, by the time it came to print the book, we...

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Censorship on Campus Is Everyone's Problem (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 10:21 AM

Two and a half years ago, I announced here on The Huffington Post my intention to write a book. In one week, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate will finally hit bookshelves across the country.

When I announced the book--delightfully enough, coinciding...

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