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FIREFaculty Network Conference

The FIREFaculty Network is a coalition of faculty supporters interested in promoting and defending free expression and academic freedom at their institutions. Join us at the next annual conference.

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FIREFaculty Conference 2019

The 2024 FIREFaculty Network Conference will be held in Boston, MA this fall!

The conference will take place Oct. 24-26, with a welcome dinner on Thursday Oct. 24, followed by main sessions on Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26. 

Faculty and PhD candidates who wish to PRESENT as individuals, panelists, or debaters can submit proposals . The deadline to apply to PRESENT is June 30th.

Faculty and PhD candidates who wish to ATTEND the conference, but NOT present, can submit applications . The deadline to apply to ATTEND is July 31st.

There is no fee to attend the conference. In fact, attendees will receive up to $700 in travel reimbursement. In addition to this travel reimbursement, presenters will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.

If you would like to attend or present at the conference, please make sure you have joined FIRE’s Faculty Network so you can receive updates on this event and many other opportunities.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and hope you’ll join us in Boston this fall!

If you have any questions about the conference, please email facultyoutreach@thefire.org.


Praise for ֭'s Faculty Conference

“This was my first FIREconference so I did not know exactly what to expect. Overall, it exceeded my expectations for being informative, interesting, friendly, and professionally beneficial. I was also impressed by how well organized it was and how well the participants were treated. I have been telling friends to apply in the future.” — Michael Veber, East Carolina University

FIRE2021 Faculty Conference

“I was hoping to make connections and find people who are also fighting for free speech and open inquiry at their institutions. I found a lot of them.” – Luana Maroja, Williams College

“I am incredibly grateful to have been invited back to attend a second faculty conference. The content shared and support offered is inspiring. More opportunities to engage like this would help build more confidence to build a culture of free expression on campus. The conference also attracts a high caliber of thinkers, which inspires me to up my scholastic game in order to more fully engage at this level.” – Matt Moreali, Southern Oregon University

“I was hoping to get a better sense of resources available to faculty who speak out on issues of university administration or other issues more generally, and I definitely achieved this goal. I thought the FIREstaff presentations were particularly useful and helpful.” – Enrique Armijo, Elon University

WATCH: Erika López Prater, an art history professor at Hamline University, lost her teaching position after showing images of the Prophet Muhammad in class. While some faculty members and students called for Hamline to fire López Prater, professor of religion Mark Berkson defended the besieged professor in an essay published in The Oracle, Hamline’s student newspaper. For Berkson’s brave defense of academic freedom, FIREpresented him with the first-ever "Berkson Courageous Colleague Award" at the 2023 FIREFaculty Network Conference.

 

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