Neeraj Agrawal interviews Sarah McLaughlin of FIRE about threats to free speech on college campuses and around the world.
FIRE focuses on campus free speech issues. It may be most well known for its work on guest speaker controversies but threats to speech in academia run much deeper than that. Sarah McLaughlin focuses on tracking how colleges and universities grapple with issues caused by some of their curriculum being illegal to discuss in parts of the world, particularly China. This issue has been complicated further by the recent transition to remote learning. She also tracks issues like blasphemy crimes and legal prosecution of dissidents around the world.