Today’s Wall Street Journal features FIRE President Greg Lukianoff as the lead op-ed. Greg details the disastrous and unconstitutional federal “blueprint” for speech codes set forth last week by the Departments of Justice and Education.
In the article, Greg points out that, under the new rules, the definition of harassment has been so dramatically lowered that now nearly everyone on campus is a “harasser”:
The implications for professors and students are enormous. An unsuccessful request for a date, or even assigning a potentially offensive book like “Lolita,” could now be construed as harassment. As attorney and civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer commented on The Atlantic’s website this week: “The stated goal of this policy is stemming discrimination, but the inevitable result will be advancing it, in the form of content-based prohibitions on speech.”
You can read the full op-ed here!
This semester, Greg Lukianoff spoke at Columbia University for the Students for Liberty Regional Conference in New York. He discussed the themes of Unlearning Liberty and how the stifling of free speech on campus has increased America’s political divisions and decreased civil discourse.
C-SPAN’s Book TV originally aired Greg’s speech on Saturday, November 17th at 11 p.m. and will air again on Sunday, November 25th at 7 p.m. Be sure to tune in!
We are proud to announce that the “Weekend Interview” in the November 16 issue of The Wall Street Journal features Unlearning Liberty author President Greg Lukianoff, highlighting his career of fighting for free speech on campus. From the piece on Greg:
You might say Greg Lukianoff was born to fight college censorship. With his unruly red hair and a voice given to booming, he certainly looks and sounds the part. His ethnically Irish, British-born mother moved to America during the 1960s British-nanny fad, while his Russian father came from Yugoslavia to study at the University of Wisconsin. Russian history, Mr. Lukianoff says, “taught me about the worst things that can happen with good intentions.”
Check out the full article on the Wall Street Journal!
The press keeps rolling in for Unlearning Liberty. Here’s a recap of just some of what has been happening in the two weeks since the book’s release:
Greg’s writing about the book
- Canadian Sun News Network’s show “The Arena”
Keep on the lookout for Greg upcoming appearances on C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” PJTV ( 1:30 p.m. November 8), KCUR-FM’s “Central Standard” in Kansas City, MO (11 – 12 noon ET on Thursday, November 8), and “ReasonTV.” Also feature-length articles about the book are set to appear on Spiked Online, in WSJ-Weekend, and in Metro Newspapers (New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia).
It shouldn’t surprise those familiar with Greg’s work at FIRE that in light of the “Innocence of Muslims” fiasco, some of the strongest criticisms of the protections provided by the First Amendment have come from those within the academy. In an article for The Huffington Post, Greg responds to these criticisms.