Bring a FIRE Speaker to Your Campus
A great way to get the word out about the importance of safeguarding liberty on campus is to invite a FIRE staffer to come speak at your campus. Sometimes FIRE staffers have come to discuss an ongoing case at a particular college, but more often than not, their speeches are at colleges where there is no pending case. On these occasions, the lectures serve as an educational primer to students and faculty about their rights on campus and as an explanation of some particularly egregious cases to demonstrate anecdotally the consequences of not vigilantly defending campus freedom.
Hosting a FIRE speaker is a great way to bring the ideas of liberty directly to students on your campus. All of the FIRE staff members are ready and willing to speak on your campus. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our online form.
Liberty in Peril: Speech Codes on our Nation's College Campuses - This presentation is perfect for introducing audiences to the grave state of rights on many college campuses. The speech will highlight the current trends in campus liberty and discuss some of FIRE's most egregious cases and how students and faculty can work together to avoid similar problems on their campus.
Unlearning Liberty - A speech by FIRE president Greg Lukianoff on how the illiberal campus attitudes towards free speech threatens our democracy.
Identifying Thought Reform on Campus - An increasingly prevalent concern on campus is the subtle introduction of thought reform efforts on college campuses, especially through residence life programs. Audiences will be provided insight into this tricky area and how they can be on the lookout for such affronts to individual rights on their campus.
How to Be Proactive About Student Rights - In this comprehensive presentation, audiences will learn about the various measures they can take to ensure that they are doing their best to protect students' rights. A major portion of the lecture will focus on how student government constitutions and bylaws can be bolstered so as to afford students the most protections possible.
Viewpoint Neutrality in Student Fees and Student Group Recognition - One of the most visible aspects of student government is the distribution of student fees and the recognition of student organizations. It is important that student government representatives understand their moral and often constitutional obligations to treat all groups fairly. Throughout this presentation, students will be given examples where other student governments have gone astray as well as tips on bolstering their impartiality and that of their colleagues.
If you are interested in addressing a specific topic that is not addressed above, let us know when you request a speaker.