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FIRE to Fight Censorship Off Campus Now, Too

June 7, 2022

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced that it is changing its name to reflect a broadening of its focus beyond campus borders: the organization, which promotes academic freedom, free speech and due process rights, is now the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. FIRE (whose acronym remains the same) said its $75 million expansion initiative centers on three main domains: litigation, public education and research. The group is also launching a $10 million Faces of Free Speech adverting campaign.

“America needs a new nonpartisan defender of free speech that will advocate unapologetically for this fundamental human right in both the court of law and the court of public opinion,” Greg Lukianoff, FIRE’s CEO and president, said in a statement. “FIRE has a proven track record of defeating censorship on campus. We are excited to now bring that same tireless advocacy to fighting censorship off campus.”

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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