Greg Lukianoff, President of FIRE, to Speak at Athenaeum

Due to illness, Glenn Greenwald will not be speaking at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum as originally scheduled. Greenwald’s talk will be rescheduled for later in the year.

On Feb. 2, the Athenaeum will present Greg Lukianoff, president for The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), speaking on “Unlearning Liberty: the Chilling Effects of Campus Censorship.”

FIRE unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, free speech, legal equality, due process, the right of conscience, and academic freedom on America’s college campuses.

Lukianoff has been with FIRE since 2001, when he was hired to be the organization’s first director of legal and public advocacy. A member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Lukianoff has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Reason, Free Inquiry, and numerous other publications. In addition, he is a blogger for the Huffington Post and authored a chapter in Templeton Press’s anthology New Threats to Freedom, edited by Adam Bellow.

A frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs, Lukianoff has has represented FIRE on national television shows including CBS Evening News, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy, Glenn Beck, The Abrams Report, and Hannity and Colmes and has testified before the U.S. Senate about free speech issues on America’s campuses.

In 2008, Lukianoff became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE.

Lukianoff’s visit to the Athenaeum is cosponsored by the ACLU of the Claremont Colleges. The American Civil Liberties Union of the Claremont Colleges is a student group affiliated with the ACLU of Southern California. It partners with the ACLU/SC and various on-campus organizations to advocate for civil liberties, racial justice and freedom from governmental intrusion.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Athenaeum website. If you previously registered for the Greenwald dinner, and wish to attend the Lukianoff dinner, you do not need to re-register.