Violations of Free Speech at Private Universities

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Syracuse University College of Law
Room 204

Adam Kissel of FIRE will visit SUCoL to discuss Speech Codes and Other Violations of Free Speech at Private Universities.

Adam Kissel graduated from Harvard University and from the University of Chicago, where he served as Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees and earned a master's degree from the Committee on Social Thought. His academic interests include the history and theory of liberal education, the history and theory of ...rhetoric, and rhetoric's relationship with philosophy. He also has served as a professional editor for Nobel laureate James Heckman and for faculty in a variety of disciplines. Before joining FIRE, Adam was a director of the Lehrman American Studies Center and the Jack Miller Center for the Teaching of America's Founding Principles. With Sharon Browne he wrote a Faculty Rights Handbook in 2007. Since joining FIRE, he has spoken about individual rights on college campuses in Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Georgia, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, and Florida. In 2009, he won a First Prize in education reporting from the National Education Writers Association.

The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.