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Iowa State Accused of Chilling Student Free Speech Ahead of Caucuses

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 12:00pm 1/7/2020 at 12:00pm

The free speech advocacy group “Speech First” is launching a lawsuit over this.

Campus Reform reports:

LAWSUIT: Free speech org says Iowa State is ‘chilling’ political speech ahead of caucuses

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Talk on Antifa Violence at U. British Columbia Cancelled Over Threat of Antifa Violence

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:00pm 1/3/2020 at 6:00pm
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Andy Ngo, the Portland based journalist widely considered an authority on the far left faction known as Antifa, was invited to speak on the topic by a free speech group at the University of British Columbia. The event has since been cancelled.

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U. Illinois Settles Free Speech Lawsuit With Student Journalist Over Flap at Anti-Trump Protest

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 9:00am 1/1/2020 at 9:00am

How does this keep happening and no one stops it?

The College Fix reports:

University of Illinois resolves free speech lawsuit with student journalist

The University of Illinois has recently settled out of court with a student journalist who filed a lawsuit alleging that the implementation of a no-contact order against him was antithetical...

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FIRE Criticizes Long Island U. for Free Speech Policy That Demands ‘Respect for Authority’

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 11:30am 12/29/2019 at 11:30am

All I can think of is Cartman from South Park demanding respect for his authority.

Campus Reform reports:

Free speech experts slam university for policy requiring “respect for authority”

A student at Long Island University Post was gearing up for his May graduation when he found himself under investigation for alleged possession and distribution...

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University Lecturer Thinks Calling Someone ‘Geek’ or ‘Nerd’ Should be a Hate Crime

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00am 12/23/2019 at 9:00am

The left uses far worse language to describe Trump and his supporters. Is that also hate speech?

The College Fix reports:

University lecturer: Calling someone ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’ should be a hate crime

A lecturer at the University of East London believes it should be a hate crime to refer to someone as a...

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UMass Dartmouth Criticized by FIRE for Unrealistic Free Speech Policy

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 1:30pm 12/21/2019 at 1:30pm

The school has a ‘free speech zone’ but that’s not even the worst part.

From the FIRE blog:

December 2019 Speech Code of the Month: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“Free speech zone” policies are on the decline. FIRE’s Spotlight on Speech Codes 2020 report, released last week, found that 8.3% of surveyed schools maintain...

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Upcoming Lecture: “The War on Conservative Speech – From Campus to Culture” (December 12, Sharon, MA)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 9:00pm 12/5/2019 at 9:00pm

On December 12, 2019, at 7 p.m., in Sharon, Massachusetts, I will be giving a lecture on “The War on Conservative Speech – From Campus to Culture,” at the invitation of the Sharon Republican Town Committee:

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Holy Cross Student Protesters Try to Shout Down Speech by Heather Mac Donald

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 29, 2019 at 8:00am 11/29/2019 at 8:00am
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Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald gave a speech at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts recently, but the event was marred by students who tried to shout her down.

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Adam Carolla Says ‘No Safe Spaces’ Documentary Has Message College Students Need to Hear

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:30pm 11/23/2019 at 1:30pm
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In light of all the campus speech shut-downs in recent days, I’m inclined to agree.

The Hill reports:

Adam Carolla says ‘No Safe Spaces’ documentary shows what college students ‘need to hear’

He’s known for his comedic chops and his super-popular podcast, but Adam Carolla says his new documentary isn’t about laughs, but making...

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Left Wing Student Protesters Block Entry to Ann Coulter Speech at UC Berkeley

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00am 11/22/2019 at 11:00am
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In the spring of 2017, Young America’s Foundation invited Ann Coulter to speak at UC-Berkeley, but the event never happened over safety concerns.

This week, she returned at the invitation of the College Republicans.

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FIRE on Binghamton Protest of Art Laffer: “Latest in a Disturbing Trend of Protesters Silencing Others”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00am 11/21/2019 at 10:00am
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“Disturbing” is an excellent word to describe what happened. Read the full back story here.

From the FIRE blog:

After Binghamton shoutdown, protesters need to know how the First Amendment works

It happened again. This time, at New York’s Binghamton University.

A protester with a bullhorn hijacked a Nov. 18 lecture from economist Art Laffer,...

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Vassar President: It was anti-Semitic to shout at Israeli Jewish speaker “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 2:00pm 11/19/2019 at 2:00pm
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Search for Vassar College in Legal Insurrection’s archives, and you’ll find scores of posts documenting Vassar students’ efforts to shut down speech with which they disagree. This is a longstanding problem on today’s college campuses, and it is perhaps most commonly manifested in attacks on Israeli, pro-Israel, and/or Jewish speakers.

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Protests Erupt at Bucknell University Over Speech by Heather Mac Donald

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00am 11/15/2019 at 8:00am
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As noted in the story below, Bucknell recently hosted a talk by a pro-Antifa scholar and there were no issues. Outrage about campus speakers always goes in the same direction.

The College Fix reports:

Blacklisting, vandalism, picket line: Outrage erupts at Bucknell ahead of Heather Mac Donald talk

When Antifa scholar Mark Bray, known...

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AUDIO: “There is a hunger on behalf of students to learn about” free speech “and they’ve never had anybody explain it to them”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:30pm 11/12/2019 at 8:30pm
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A little over two years ago, on October 25, 2017, I gave a speech about free speech and hate speech at Vassar College.

It was, as I have described many times, an ‘out-of-body’ experience because of false claims spread about me and my appearance by students, including student government. From my post, Safe...

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University’s Attorney Resigns After Using the N-Word During Free Speech Event

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 1:30pm 11/10/2019 at 1:30pm

She was using the word as an example of bad speech which is still protected, but it sparked outrage.

FOX News reports:

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U. Michigan Settles Lawsuit Challenging Bias Response Teams, Agrees to Changes

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 9:00am 10/31/2019 at 9:00am

A group called Speech First has been engaged in a legal battle with the University of Michigan for months. Speech First went after the school over their speech codes and use of a so-called bias response team.

Now it appears they have reached a settlement.

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Student Thinks There’s Too Much Free Speech on Campus After Encountering Pro-Life Group

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00am 10/30/2019 at 8:00am

The student in this case actually filed a complaint and claimed he felt unsafe on campus.

The College Fix reports:

Student files complaint against pro-life group, saying there’s too much free speech

While walking on the Florida State University campus earlier this year, a student noticed a pro-life group holding signs “advocating for...

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