DEI statements are political litmus tests.
Plus: A listener asks if there is any place libertarians can go to start their own country or city state.
"If we can't trust ourselves as a culture to accommodate ideas we don't like," the novelist said at the Library of Congress, "then our ideas lose their value as well, because they become authoritarian."
A response to Porter v. North Carolina State University
Texas A&M placed a professor on paid leave for criticizing Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a lecture on the opioid crisis.
Blame university administrators.
Political appointees should have no role in faculty hiring decisions.
But Chris Rufo bragged about breaking the law anyway.
Doctor sanctioned for comments to journalists about transgender athletes
Martha Pollack rejects the pernicious premise that universities should protect students from offensive ideas.
"Professors are not mouthpieces for the government," says FIRE's Joe Cohn. "For decades, the Supreme Court of the United States has defended professors' academic freedom from governmental intrusion."
The bill now bans a battery of poorly-defined "Critical Theory" concepts, and prevents schools from funding programs that promote "diversity, equity, and inclusion."
A poorly drafted and conceptually ambitious upending of norms of state university independence
Florida's H.B. 999 claims to support "viewpoint diversity" and "intellectual rigor." It does just the opposite.
"My artwork is unapologetic," said the artist. "Sometimes it can be very political. Sometimes it can be very controversial."
"Hamline subjected López Prater to the foregoing adverse actions because . . . she did not conform her conduct to the specific beliefs of a Muslim sect," the lawsuit states.
Correspondence About UC Irvine Professor's Alleged Plagiarism Is Public Record, Subject to Disclosure
Retraction Watch prevails in a California appellate case.
A College Fired a Professor for Showing a Painting of Muhammad. Now, It Could Lose Its Accreditation.
"If Hamline won't listen to free speech advocates or faculty across the country, they'll have to listen to their accreditor," said FIRE attorney Alex Morey, who filed the complaint.
"Students were misreading exam questions at an astonishing rate," says Maitland Jones Jr.
Prominent social psychologist and NYU professor calls the requirement “explicitly ideological.”
The policy, released this week, places unconstitutional prohibitions on faculty speech.
More universities than ever are now requiring lengthy DEI statements from job applicants. Is that good for academic freedom?
A new survey from FIRE shows one-third of college students report it is “sometimes” or “always” acceptable to shout down a controversial campus speaker.
The best-selling author of Why People Believe Weird Things sees a fundamental clash between wokeness and scientific inquiry.
A conversation with Eugene Volokh about the Shapiro controversy and political statements by university leaders
Does Pulling Funding from CUNY Law School Because of School's Anti-Israel Resolution Violate First Amendment?
$50K in funding was withdrawn by a Brooklyn councilwoman, and transferred to a different organization.
My new article on academic freedom now online at the Houston Law Review