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The History of Free Speech

Welcome to the History of Free Speech from FIRE and The Nomadic Professor! If you’re here, FIRE probably needs no introduction: the premier free speech defense organization in the country. FIRE has recently expanded its mission from the college campus to the broader public, with three main areas of focus: litigation, public education, and research. We hope this course will go some way toward the goal of public education about free speech and its role

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’22-’23 Free Speech Rankings Report: Explained

On September 7 2022, FIRE, in partnership with College Pulse, released the third annual College Free Speech Rankings, ranking the speech climates of 203 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses in order from top (the University of Chicago) to bottom (Columbia University). This course reviews how to interpret the rankings, this year’s findings, why FIRE does these rankings, and what this year’s report can do for you.

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Discovering Your Disagreement Style

Welcome to the Discovering Your Disagreement Style course! FIRE, in partnership with The Mill Institute at UATX, has developed this course, in which you’ll find out your disagreement style during conversations about controversial topics. This course will give you insights into your strengths and areas for improvement. Here’s how it works: You’ll take a short quiz that will identify which of the four major styles (Debater, Researcher, Responder, or Reflector) you most closely exhibit in

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The Case for Radically Free Speech

In this course, you’ll learn about how the right to freedom of speech has evolved over human history, how it promotes peace in society and uplifts minority voices, and why censorship is never the answer to dissident speech.  Please note that some of this course’s content contains explicit language. If you are 18 or older and you complete this course, FIRE will request your mailing address so we can send you free FIRE socks!