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First Amendment Watch Co-Sponsors Talk On “Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom in the Trump Era”

First Amendment Watch in collaboration with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New-York Historical Society and the Institute for Constitutional History sponsored a talk for NYC educators by Robert Post, First Amendment scholar and former dean of Yale Law School. The topic, “Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom in the Trump Era,” addressed important First Amendment issues facing educators and students. Click through for Facebook Live videos of the event.

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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

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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 […]

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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.

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Videos on Free Speech Principles

First Amendment Watch, in partnership with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has developed a series of videos for universities to use to teach students about their free speech rights and the principles behind the First Amendment.

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Student Settles Free Speech Lawsuit with California School District

The former high school student sued after his class president title was striped over an offensive video he posted on his Twitter account.

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Trump Signs New Executive Order Targeting Anti-Israeli Sentiment on College Campuses

The order that calls for agencies to apply Title VI civil rights law to discrimination against Jewish people. Critics of the executive order worry that the new definition anti-semitism is too broad and will be used to censor legitimate opposition to the Israel.

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Appeals Court Rules University of Michigan’s Bias Response Team Indirectly Chills Speech

"Even if an official lacks actual power to punish," the appeals court argued, "the threat of punishment from a public official who appears to have punitive authority can be enough to produce an objective chill."

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