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Robert Shibley

Robert Shibley is the vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia, PA.
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Campus President Rebukes Limbaugh-Supporting Professor

Saturday, March 10th, 2012 - by Robert Shibley

U. of Rochester intimidates a professor and allows students to disrupt his class.

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At Some Colleges, Students Must Keep Their Pro-Life Opinions to Themselves

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 - by Robert Shibley

Two egregious examples of anti-abortion literature being censored because school authorities disagree with the message.

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In Defense of Uncivil Speech

Sunday, March 6th, 2011 - by Robert Shibley

We don’t lament the fact that some people in American history had to be rude, recalcitrant, or peacefully disruptive to make their points.

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The Greek Tragedy of Campus Censorship

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 - by Robert Shibley

Advocates of "speech codes" on campus suffer from an excess of hubris if they believe that stopping "hate speech" leads to an elimination of hate.

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Tyler Clementi Act a Serious Threat to Free Speech

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - by Robert Shibley

An anti-harassment bill being introduced in Congress threatens to stifle freedom of expression even more on college campuses.

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College Censors, Get Ready to Open Your Wallets

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

If you can't appeal to a public official's sense of responsibility towards the Constitution, appealing to their self-interest is the next best option.

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Syracuse’s Lords of Political Correctness Hunt Down Law Student Bloggers

Friday, October 29th, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

Nobody forced Syracuse to build a giant building with the First Amendment emblazoned on the side. Having done so, however, one would think that the university would at least have the shame to try to live up to it.

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A Gratuitous ‘Experiment’ in Censorship? Harrisburg U. Bans Social Networking for a Week

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

They want the campus to "see how they can use social media in a more positive and efficient way." Huh?

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Concealed Carry on Campus?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

In a newly released video by FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), students speak out about the problems they face when trying to use the First Amendment to discuss the Second.

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Censoring Bigoted Speech at UC San Diego: Who Does It Help?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

The use of the "N-word" on campus TV has set off a fierce First Amendment debate.

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Will Chief Illiniwek Dance Again?

Monday, February 1st, 2010 - by Robert Shibley

Stunning revelations regarding the University of Illinois administration's attempts to stifle a student group's free speech rights.

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Yale Wimps Out Again

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

A T-shirt calling Harvard men "sissies" proves too offensive for students and administrators.

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America’s Worst Colleges for Free Speech on Campus

Sunday, September 13th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

Don't pass out any fake stimulus dollars at Bucknell University unless you want to get into trouble.

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Unexplained Mysteries in Mohammed Cartoon Controversy

Friday, August 14th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

The story involving Yale University Press is getting weirder and weirder. (Also read Roger Kimball: Yale and the Case of the Missing Cartoons.)

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A Crackdown on Free Speech at … Bucknell University?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

University administrators clamp down on — who else — campus conservatives.

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The NCAA vs. Free Speech

Monday, May 11th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

Since when is it okay for a sports organization to curb university students' rights to publicly express their opinions?

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U.S. Universities: Education or Indoctrination?

Monday, April 27th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

The market of ideas in academia isn't so free.

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