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If you haven’t already heard, on October 23rd FIRE is celebrating its 15th anniversary! In honor of this milestone occasion, FIRE will be hosting a gala dinner in New York at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where friends, supporters, staff, and the students and professors FIRE helps will gather together to celebrate all that FIRE has accomplished since it was founded in 1999. FIRE anniversaries are only celebrated once every five years, so Unlearning Liberty fans should take advantage of this special opportunity to join in the festivities!

Gala-goers will treated to two great speakers; America’s most famous First Amendment attorney, Floyd Abrams, and world renowned author, psychologist, and cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker. Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and President Emeritus of Harvard University, will serve as the honorary dinner chairman. Many other distinguished leaders in their fields will also serve as part of the dinner’s Honorary Host Committee. Furthermore, FIRE President and Unlearning Liberty author Greg Lukianoff will act as MC for the evening.

Tickets can be purchased here. We hope to see you in New York on October 23rd!

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On Tuesday, March 11, the paperback edition of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate releases nationwide. This new edition features expanded content, including a new picture section and afterword from author Greg Lukianoff. Greg will be traveling to multiple cities across the country, including San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. to promote the paperback release. In addition to numerous other accolades, Unlearning Liberty has been described as “a classic work on freedom in America” by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Downs and “powerfully argued” by New York Law School professor and former ACLU President Nadine Strossen. Lukianoff’s book has changed the conversation about the effects of censorship both on and off campus. Make sure to grab a copy of the new paperback edition today! is currently offering pre-orders for the paperback edition of Unlearning Liberty—at a steep discount. The new edition will be released on Tuesday, March 11, and will feature new content not found in the hardcover edition, including a picture section and an afterword from Greg. Order your copy today to take advantage of Amazon’s amazing deal!

Over at Ricochet, Greg talks about Harvey’s influence on his career and the importance of Harvey’s work. Greg writes:

Harvey is a mentor to me and the person who hunted me down in my post-law school life in San Francisco to bring me to FIRE way back in 2001. Harvey has been doing criminal defense and free-speech-on-campus work for decades now and is one of the foremost advocates for reforming the criminal justice system. His latest book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, discusses the explosion of federal criminal laws that are becoming increasingly broad and vague.

In the interview, Harvey touches on his alma mater, Harvard, his work, and what “liberal” means. Harvey continues to serve FIRE and promote students’ rights as Chairman of the Board of Directors.



The 20th anniversary of another book dedicated to free inquiry was an opportune time for Greg to write in The Huffington Post about how Jonathan Rauch’s Kindly Inquisitors was instrumental in Greg’s own book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate. Greg recounts how what Rauch dubs the “Offendedness Sweeptakes” is a game we all inevitably lose:

Of the many side effects of this retreat from free speech that Rauch predicted 20 years ago, one was that if we privilege feelings over free speech and allow claims of offense to slow or stop meaningful discussion, people will naturally abuse this ultimate trump card. In the end, the societal bar for what is “offensive” will simply get lower and lower. This “offendedness sweepstakes,” as Rauch has called it, does not take long to produce terrible or, often, absurd results.

Greg goes on to show and provide examples how the “right not to be offended” carries devastating consequences not only on campus, but also around the world. Read the whole article here.