Campus Speech

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Erwin Chemerinsky & Howard Gillman and Free Speech on Campus

Authors Share Excerpts on Free Speech: Erwin Chemerinsky & Howard Gillman and Free Speech on Campus

Free Speech on Campus “provides the background necessary to understanding the importance of free speech on campus and offers clear prescriptions for what colleges can and can’t do when dealing with free speech controversies.” – Yale University Press Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper[Read More…]

Lessons from Berkeley on Campus Free Speech

Lessons from Berkeley on Campus Free Speech

Free-speech watchdog FIRE’s mission is more important than ever on the nation’s college campuses.

November 5, 2017 Below the Fold, Campus Speech, Speech
Senate Hearing on “Exploring Free Speech on College Campuses”

Senate Hearing on “Exploring Free Speech on College Campuses”

A FIRE summary states that “Providing testimony before the committee were Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago; Nadine Strossen, New York Law School professor, former president of the ACLU, and current member of FIRE’s Advisory Council; Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Allison Stanger, the Middlebury College professor injured in a violent campus protest in March.”

Free Speech Defender? Attorney General Enters Campus Free Speech Debate

Free Speech Defender? Attorney General Enters Campus Free Speech Debate

At an invitation-only event at Georgetown University law school, Attorney General Jeff Sessions jumped into the debate over campus speech by stating that the First Amendment had suffered from “political correctness and homogeneous thought” and that “a national recommitment to free speech on campus” was needed. While some applauded the administration’s commitment to free speech, protestors rallied against attacks on the First Amendment by the administration.

September 27, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories
Justice Anthony Kennedy and UC President Janet Napolitano on Free Speech

Justice Anthony Kennedy and UC President Janet Napolitano on Free Speech

September 16, 2017: Prominent Scholars on Free Speech In a talk at the federal courthouse in Sacramento, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and UC President Janet Napolitano stessed the importance of free speech on campuses across the country. “For faculties and universities to be indifferent can actually be complicit,” Justice Kennedy said. “Indifference can be poisonous in differences in so[Read More…]

College Students: We ‘Sort Of’ Support First Amendment

College Students: We ‘Sort Of’ Support First Amendment

In a recent Brookings survey of current undergraduate students at U.S. four-year colleges and universities, researchers found that “Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses.” A lack of understanding of First Amendment protections imperils the future of free speech. Is it to late to fix the underlying misconceptions?

September 19, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories
Berkeley Braces For Fallout From Conservative Firebrands

Berkeley Braces For Fallout From Conservative Firebrands

UC Berkeley has stated repeatedly its support of free speech including hate speech. As a result the city has reeled from protests which have led to fires, fireworks, and fights. Thursday another controversial speaker – ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro – is visiting and police are asking to brace themselves with pepper spray to protect everyone’s First Amendment rights.

September 12, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories
Capitol Hill Building ,Washington DC.

Free Speech 101 Hearings on the Hill

The free speech debate on both public and private college campuses has exploded this year. Activists on the left and right say restrictions are harming their first amendment rights. Today’s hearings will focus on problems posed by campus censorship.

June 20, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories