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Next week, I head off to the United Kingdom to talk about global threats to free speech and academic freedom. As the Index on Censorship describes in its latest issue, there are many threats to academic freedom and free speech worldwide. However, as I write in my newest piece at The Huffington Post, it’s important to remember that these freedoms are also in trouble here at home in the United States.
College and university administrators are punishing professors’ freedom of expression left and right, even when it’s off-campus speech on their personal blogs or social media accounts. For instance, my organization, FIRE, has been closely following one major ongoing case at Marquette University, where a professor is facing termination for publicly criticizing a graduate student instructor who told a student not to oppose same-sex marriage in a philosophy class discussion.
But the greatest threat to academic freedom may not be from administrators, but rather from the Department of Education and its egregious federal overreach, as recently evidenced by Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis’s kafkaesque Title IX investigation.
Join me in signing on to the Index on Censorship’s open letter on protecting academic freedom. And head over to the The Huffington Post to read my whole piece and learn more about the threats to academic freedom both worldwide and here in the U.S.