61 Resources to Discuss Free Speech

Lynn Meade


There are so many helpful videos and activities that I want to share with you so I decided to create this overflow section.  Whether you are a student wanting to know more, a business person looking for insights, or a teacher looking for classroom ideas, these extra activities and resources are here for you.


Chicago Statement

President of the University of Chicago, Robert Zimmer and Provost Eric Isaacs drafted a statement emphasizing the importance of free speech on campus. Since 2014, numerous other universities have adopted these principles.

Free speech is the basis of a true education: A university should not be a sanctuary for comfort but rather a crucible for confronting ideas. 





“The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and the public about the threats to these rights on our campuses, and provides the means to preserve them.

FIRE was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate after the overwhelming response to their 1998 book The Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America’s Campuses.”


Look up your school and see whether it earns a green, yellow or red light for free speech on campus.


PEN America

“PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.”  https://pen.org/ (Pen stands for Poets, Essayists, Novelists (later broadened to Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists).


Nossel, S. (2018). The future of free speech. https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_nossel_the_future_of_free_speech Standard YouTube License.



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