Pitched battles in the streets of Berkeley, California, as rival factions fight over who should be allowed to speak at one of America's great public universities.  A faculty member seriously injured on the idyllic campus of Middlebury College in Vermont as violence erupts at a talk by a controversial visitor that she attempted to moderate.  Bedlam on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives with pistol-packing legislators threatening to kill each other.  A Princeton professor receives death threats and goes into hiding after cellphone videos of a commencement speech she gave in New England, in which she criticized President Trump, go viral. A massive replica of the Ten Commandments erected near the Arkansas State Capitol, but bulldozed into smithereens hours later by an angry citizen. A neighborhood pizza parlor in the nation's capital hurled into the spotlight after a "fake news" conspiracy report inspires a North Carolina man to open fire in the restaurant. One of America's great newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, reduced to recruiting subscribers by promising "We publish what's REAL."

What is happening to Free Speech in America?  The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, launched with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, aspires to find out and to analyze the condition of First Amendment values.  Watch this space over the weeks and months ahead.


  • Protests outside Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington turn violent – May 16, 2017
    March 5, 2018
    Washington, D.C. On May 16, 2017, a group of protesters who had gathered across from the home of the Turkish ambassador to the United States were assaulted by embassy security guards, bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and other non-affiliated individuals. Local police intervened to stop the attacks, but not before eleven people were […]
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University – January 2017
    March 5, 2018
    Medical student punished by school for Instagram photos Camden, NJ In January 2017, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) censured a student for violating the school’s social media policy, citing two photos the student had posted to her Instagram account before she had matriculated there. One photo showed the woman nude on a topless […]
  • Fordham University – December 7, 2017
    March 5, 2018
    Students wearing MAGA hats kicked out of coffee shop New York, NY On December 7, 2017, a group of Fordham University students were told to leave an on-campus coffee shop because they were violating its “safe space” policy. The students were wearing “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats. Fordham President Joseph McShane released a statement […]
  • University of Alabama – January 15, 2018
    March 5, 2018
    College student expelled, suspended after racist Instagram posts Tuscaloosa, AL Freshman Harley Barber was expelled from the University of Alabama (UA) after she posted two self-recorded videos including racial slurs to Instagram on January 15, 2018, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A week later, a Georgia State University student-athlete was suspended from the […]