FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest
- Familiarize yourself with FIRE and FIRE's issues. Our mission statement:
is a good place to start. Another great resource is FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus. For more information, explore thefire.org.
- Watch these two short videos about real students who were censored and punished for speech that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Students should also watch FIRE's other videos, available on YouTube.com/theFIREorg.Read more about the cases mentioned in "Silencing U" here:
- Answer the essay question: Why is free speech important at our nation's colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education. Your essay should be 800-1,000 words.
- Submit your essay through the online form below. Only current high school juniors and seniors (graduating in the spring of 2013 or 2014) may apply.