JCCF was represented by Michael Kennedy at the Campus Freedom Network (CFN) conference July 19-21 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This annual conference, organized by the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), brought together more than 70 students from across the United States to learn strategies and tips for defending campus free speech. JCCF’s Michael Kennedy, co-author of the Campus Freedom Index, shared with attendees the experience of JCCF in defending campus free speech north of the border, and the challenges facing free speech in Canada.
Invited lecturers included Juan Williams, an American journalist and political affairs commentator who was fired from his job at National Public Radio (NPR) because of comments he made on TV; Megan McCardle, libertarian journalist and author of “Asymmetrical Information”; and noted First Amendment lawyer Robert Corn-Revere.
FIRE has been active in defending free speech in the U.S. for more than a decade, and the organization’s work is paying off. You can learn more about them here.
JCCF was represented at the Institute for Liberal Studies’ Liberty Summer Seminar, held in Orono, ON July 27 and 28. The conference brought together a hundred people including students, activists, professors, think tank directors and lawyers to discuss the ideas of freedom and liberty in Canada.
JCCF’s Michael Kennedy met with many Canadian students who are eager to build free speech walls on their own campus in the upcoming year, after JCCF sponsored walls at Carleton, Queen’s and York universities in the winter of 2013.