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5 Points on the State of Free Speech in the U.S. and Abroad

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The problem is that, to a large degree, it seems that American intellectuals -- particularly those in academia -- have fallen out of love with freedom of speech.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The article likens free speech advocates (like me, I assume) to "gun nuts," claims that campus speech codes have mostly been repealed (which is completely false), then bizarrely questions if people can believe in a diversity of belief. Those of us who are big fans of the concept of pluralism found the latter particularly mystifying.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 200...

Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Perhaps the greatest threat to academic freedom may be the Department of Education, which has promoted a definition of harassment so broad that cases like Laura Kipnis's are all but inevitable.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.

Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If we want to realize social media's full promise of massive unprecedented global conversation conducted in real time, we should be teaching our students how to argue both thoughtfully and effectively.

Talking on Eggshells in College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I believe that we can expect threats to freedom of speech to get worse as human beings are likely to expect not just greater physical comfort as time goes by, but greater "intellectual comfort" as well.

Vague Professional Codes Threaten Student Speech Rights

Will Creeley | Posted 03.17.2015 | College
Will Creeley

The stakes for student speech in Keefe and Oyama are high. Like FIRE and other free speech watchdogs, students nationwide should hope that the First Amendment isn't expelled from professional programs at our public universities.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Once you set the precedent that speech will be censored if it offends people who respond violently to that speech, you guarantee that more people will respond violently on a wider variety of issues. There is a reason why no one ever says "the best way to deal with a bully is to immediately give him everything he wants."

2014: The Year of the Heckler

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The problem with granting heckler's vetoes over speech is that it incentivizes threats of disruption or violence from the least tolerant members of our society.

Censorship on Michigan's College Campuses Must Stop

Catherine Sevcenko | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Catherine Sevcenko

Regardless of whether censorship is disguised as a "communications policy," a "security fee," or something else, it is unconstitutional. Colleges and universities must stop pretending otherwise.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.28.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Schmidt, an art and animation professor, posted a picture of his young daughter wearing a T-shirt with the Game of Thrones quote, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood" to Google+. The dean found this picture of a child doing yoga so terror-inducing that she reported him to other BCC administrators.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

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.

7 Things Cracked Got Wrong About Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.26.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

1. Free speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. In fact, free speech is a much bigger, older, bolder cultural idea.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Free speech has always been the harder road for any society. It isn't always nice and it isn't always civil, but I hope we continue to see both the value in maintaining the right to dissent, joke, and challenge as seen fit, and the real peril of trying to enforce a dreary conformity on our marketplace of ideas.

Tyler Kingkade

Vile Harassment Emails Expose Danger Of Reporting College Sexual Assault | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.15.2015 | College

On June 6, a stranger from Powersite, Missouri, emailed a female witness to a sexual assault case at Occidental College in Los Angeles to complain she...

Iowa Students Stand Up Against Censorship of Marijuana Legalization

Catherine Sevcenko | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Catherine Sevcenko

Iowa State University invites its students to craft their own educational "adventure" as they obtain a college education. Erin Furleigh and Paul Gerlich are students at ISU whose adventure has included censorship and, now, a federal lawsuit.

Tyler Kingkade

Trouble Over T-Shirts Just Landed 2 State Universities In Court | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Two Midwest state universities are being hauled into court over what campus groups can and can't say on their T-shirts. The Foundation for Individu...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

For seven years I have written for The Huffington Post about the problem of campus speech codes -- absurd, often unconstitutional restrictions on the ...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The term "disinvitation season" has been something of a dark joke for years, but as every year passed, it got less funny. The intensity of demands that speakers be disinvited seemed to swell over time, and increasingly, we saw speakers bow out in the face of protest.

‘Disinvitation Season'

FIRE | Posted 05.13.2014 | College

The Class of 2014 is preparing for graduation by buying their caps and gowns—but let’s hope they weren’t counting on having a speaker for the ce...

Another University Stops Students From Passing Out Copies Of The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 04.26.2014 | College

Two students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo are suing the school, claiming their constitutional rights were violated when they were barred from...