The holiday season is a time to give back, and FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff is doing just that. Greg has generously agreed to personally match gifts made through his Facebook fundraiser, up to $3,000. If you’ve been preparing to make a year-end gift to FIRE, please consider doing so in the next two weeks and you’ll double your impact! Simply use this link to make a secure gift through Facebook, and your gift will be matched by Greg. Thanks to your generosity, we are already over one-third of the way to our goal, so [...] » Read More
Controversies on American campuses used to justify censorship of pro-independence sentiments at Hong Kong universities
Over the past few months, the limits of students’ free speech rights have been at the center of debate in Hong Kong after students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, and Education University of Hong Kong seeking to express their support for the Hong Kong independence movement were censored. Some students even protested for independence and free speech at their graduation ceremonies. In response to these controversies, the South China Morning Post’s Alex Lo dismissed the argument of a Harvard professor that these universities are acting illiberally by pointing out that American [...] » Read More
Drexel University avoids transparency about why it barred professor from campus, as criticism piles up
Ten months ago, Drexel University embarked on an investigation into the “extremely damaging conduct” of Professor George Ciccariello-Maher in making a joke lampooning a white nationalist theory — a Twitter joke that went viral due, in part, to a Russian Twitter account. In October, Drexel barred Ciccariello-Maher from its campus, citing threats from people outraged about his political views. He remains banned, and Drexel refuses to share basic information that would substantiate its claims that security compels his exile.
As Drexel’s student newspaper reports, Ciccariello-Maher’s absence has made teaching difficult:
Ciccariello-Maher’s absence from campus has resulted in remote class [...] » Read More
Today, the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Republican members introduced legislation called the PROSPER Act to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. In a positive development, the legislation includes provisions on free speech, free association, and due process on campus.
For those unfamiliar with the HEA, it is the landmark federal law that tackles all things higher-education-related, from financial aid to reporting of campus crime statistics under the Clery Act.
Positive aspects of the bill include a provision helpfully declaring that “free speech zones and restrictive speech codes are inherently at odds with the freedom of speech [...] » Read More
We are excited to announce a new series of weekly video conversations with FIRE staff where we candidly discuss the top student and faculty rights stories of the day.
In our first episode of FIREside Chats, Will Creeley moderates a discussion about the Anthony Scaramucci controversy at Tufts University with Brynne Madway and Adam Steinbaugh. Afterward, they are joined by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon for a conversation about student surveillance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
New episodes of FIREside Chats will be uploaded to our YouTube channel every week.
Don’t miss an episode: » Read More
Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten (1917) might be the most important free speech case you’ve never heard of.
In his now largely forgotten decision in the case, then Southern District of New York Judge Learned Hand rejected the United States postmaster general’s arguments for refusing to mail Masses magazine. The magazine was staunchly opposed to World War I and the compulsory military draft. The postmaster general argued that the recently passed Espionage Act gave him the authority to deny the magazine’s circulation.
Judge Hand’s decision was among the first to breathe free speech principles and ideals into American law. [...] » Read More
FIRE has filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the case of John McAdams, the tenured Marquette University professor who was fired after criticizing a graduate student instructor’s pedagogical techniques on his personal blog.» Read More
Category: Newsdesk, Top Story
Schools: Marquette University
Cases: Marquette University: Faculty Member Facing Loss of Tenure for Opinions on Blog