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Greg Lukianoff

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.

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.

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.

Hawaiian Students Challenge 'Censorship Swamp' in First Amendment Lawsuit

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

What is it with public colleges preventing their students from handing out the Constitution? Have these schools ever heard of the First Amendment?

Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Differ

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Though often used interchangeably, the concept of freedom of speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it relates to duties of the state and state power.

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Last month my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Phil...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 a...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.07.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 9...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

"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 enjoy...

Disinvitation Season, Free Speech, and Unlearning Liberty

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Every year around commencement time my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), gets ready for what we call "disinvitat...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.27.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 th...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.16.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 a...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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

No Greek Letters Allowed on One Public Campus (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 ...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.22.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 st...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 kno...

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

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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...

Speech Codes: Alive and Well, 10 Years Later

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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 ...

Eleventh Circuit to University Administrators: Respect Student Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.10.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling is a clear sign that university presidents and administrators that choose to brazenly violate student rights will not be able to do so without real consequences.

Arizona State Senate to Colleges: Get Rid of Those Non-G-Rated Professors!

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.09.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

At the same time the Supreme Court is poised to decide if FCC-imposed limits on "indecent" content in broadcast media are an anachronism from a bygone era, Arizona state legislators want to limit what college professors say and do to only what is fit for a Disney movie.

Diverse Coalition Urges Department of Education to Protect Freedom of Speech on Campus

Adam Kissel | Posted 03.07.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Colleges are all over the map when they try to come up with their own definitions of sexual harassment. Our research has found hundreds of distinct formulations and examples, a large number of which are unconstitutional.

College Changes Course on Censorship of 'Firefly' Poster

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.07.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

While I am excited to see Stout offering to educate the community about the First Amendment, it is not the university community that needs educating. It is Sorensen, Police Chief Lisa A. Walter and their fellow administrators who need it.

Censoring Joss Whedon's Firefly and the Chancellor Who Cried Wolf

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

A time comes for every campus leader when a mistake is made. If you serve long enough, errors are inevitable, but leaders shouldn't be judged for their errancy, but how they handle mistakes when they happen.

Does Harvard Want Bold Thinkers or Good Little Boys and Girls?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Harvard has missed something that I fear much of our society has lost sight of: Even if by some weird and lucky coincidence we happened to be right about every belief we cherish, we nevertheless tend not to understand why we hold those values until they are challenged.