Duke University: Women's Center Cancels 'Motherhood' Event
Duke Students For Life (DSFL) reserved a space at Duke's Women's Center for a "Discussion with a Duke Mother" to take place during the group's "Week for Life." The day before the event was to take place, Women's Center employee Martin Liccardo told DSFL that the event could not be held at the Women's Center because "We had a very strong reaction from students in general who use our space who said this was something that was upsetting and not OK." Within hours of FIRE publicizing the case, Women's Center Director Ada Gregory apologized to DSFL, stating that the viewpoint-based cancellation "should not have occurred" and that she had "taken steps to ensure that such an incident will not happen again."
- "Duke University Response to Contact about Duke Students for Life case," March 31, 2010
- "Victory for Free Speech at Duke: Pro-Life Group's Rights Restored," March 30, 2010: Duke University has reversed a decision by its Women's Center that prohibited the Duke Students for Life (DSFL) student group from holding a discussion on student motherhood at a Women's Center venue during the group's "Week for Life" event. The group's president turned to FIRE for help. Only hours after FIRE exposed Duke's decision to public scrutiny yesterday, Women's Center Director Ada Gregory wrote to the group to say that "mistakes were certainly made that should not have occurred" and that she had "taken steps to ensure that such an incident will not happen again."
- "Duke Keeps Pro-Life Group Out of Women’s Center During ‘Week for Life’," March 29, 2010: Duke University's Women's Center has canceled an event about motherhood because the sponsor was engaging in pro-life expression elsewhere on campus. A Women's Center representative told Duke Students for Life that "we have a problem" and an ideological "conflict" with the event, which was supposedly canceled to protect Duke women from encountering the event during the group's "traumatizing" pro-life "Week for Life." The group's president has turned to FIRE for help.
- "Yet another case of campus discrimination," The Daily Caller, March 29, 2010
- "Letter from Ada Gregory, Director of the Duke Women's Center to SFL Student," March 29, 2010
- "FIRE Letter to Duke University President Richard Brodhead," March 26, 2010
- "FIRE's Free Speech Victory at Duke Highlighted in 'Morning Call'," by Adam Kissel, April 8, 2010
- "Victory for Free Speech: Duke Pro-Life Group's Free Speech Rights Restored," by Robert Shibley, March 30, 2010
- "Duke Keeps Pro-Life Group Out of Women’s Center During ‘Week for Life’," by Adam Kissel, March 29, 2010
- "Duke rape policy: If you’re perceived as "powerful," it wasn’t consensual,"
by J. Peter Freire, Washington Examiner, April 7, 2010
- "Charles Snelling -- Free speech applies to political ads,"
by Charles Snelling, The Morning Call, April 3, 2010