Freedom of Speech

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Ayers Has the Right to Speak

Apr 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS Chairman Steve Balch defends the right of Bill Ayers - former leader of the radical communist group the Weather Underground to speak at the University of Wyoming. "We need more debate rather than less at our universities and,…

Judge Downes Decides Rightly

Apr 28, 2010 by Steve Balch |

We commend Judge Downes' decision to uphold freedom of speech by ordering the University of Wyoming to allow William Ayers to speak on campus.

Anger, Sedition, and Freedom of Speech

Apr 20, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Should we restrict expressions of anger to protect the public order? Should universities cultivate students' character?

Fear Factory: Sexual Harassment and the Rights of the Accused

Feb 16, 2010 by Jonathan Bean |

Our Illinois affiliate president weighs in on the wacky world of sexual harassment codes on college campuses.

Perhaps Yale Administrators are the Sissies

Dec 22, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

FIRE president Greg Lukianoff has an article in the Huffington Post about Yale' s qualms over a t-shirt with an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote: "I think of all Harvard men as sissies." Lukianoff wrote:

Winter’s Not So Happy Without Holidays

Dec 08, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

From the student newspaper of the University of Massachusetts is an article by Thomas Moore (the student, not the Utopian) about the new policy for U Mass RAs: Don't call it the "holiday season"; call it the "winter season."…

Signing on to FEAR

Dec 02, 2009 by Peter Wood |

NAS endorses the AAUP statement "Free Expression at Risk, at Yale and Elsewhere."

Tolerance and Terrorism at Queens College

Nov 23, 2009 by Mitchell Langbert |

Jeff Wiesenfeld, trustee of the City University of New York, has written a letter to the New York Post concerning an alleged terrorist's appearing as a speaker at Queens College (h/t Sharad Karkhanis).  The Post

FIRE Publishes Speech Policies Guide

Nov 16, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has published a guide to help administrators craft school policies in such a way as to protect First Amendment rights on campus. "Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech…

UNC Radicals Intolerant of Free Speech by Others

Oct 28, 2009 by George Leef |

One day last April, most of the copies of the UNC conservative publication Carolina Journal were stolen. Who dunnit? No evidence was at hand and the matter was forgotten -- until the school's SDS chapter posted some…

Academic Freedom and Advocacy

Oct 28, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Over at, we've got a nice debate going between NAS and University of Alaska Professor Richard Steiner. After I wrote about him in "Sustainability Skepticism Has Arrived," I contacted Professor Steiner to let…

Epic Fail, Yale

Aug 21, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A comment on Yale University Press's refusal to print controversial cartoons.

Errant Liberty

May 26, 2009 by Peter Wood |

Why Liberty University was unwise to de-recognize its Young Democrats Association.

Princeton News

May 14, 2009 by Peter Wood |

Students protest Professor Robert George and National Organization of Marriage

Snitch Studies at Cal Poly: We Snare Because We Care

May 05, 2009 by Peter Wood |

The university launches a new bias incident reporting system to enforce "respect."

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