This talk will discuss threats to free speech on America’s college campuses, focusing on some of FIRE’s worst cases and campus free speech’s biggest challenges. Decades of censorship have devalued our higher education system and have enervated our public debate well beyond campus boundaries. Instead of teaching students to prize open debate and discussion, our universities are teaching them, through bad practices and speech codes, at best to keep their mouths shut when they disagree, at worst to regard (sometimes) well-intentioned censors as worthy of admiration rather than disdain. Lukianoff will examine the negative lessons students are learning about how to live in a free society and their implications for ourdemocracy as a whole.
Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). A graduate of
American University and Stanford Law School, he practiced law in Northern California, interned at the
ACLU of Northern California and the Organization for Aid to Refugees, and served as development manager for the EnvironMentors Project before coming to work for FIRE. Lukianoff’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New York Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a blogger for the
Huffington Post and a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, and has testified before the
U.S. Senate. He is a co-author of FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus.
Light refreshments to follow.
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