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Cornell Free Speech Alliance Newsletter
Cornell Free Speech Alliance is pleased to launch its monthly newsletter with some good news. Two big nationwide free-speech programs were launched recently, and Cornell is playing a central role in both.

Cornell chosen as
Campus Freedom Initiative site

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni announced recently that Cornell will be the third location for its Campus Freedom Initiative (after MIT and UTexas at Austin.) ACTA will fund a variety of programs to help revive the values of free expression and open inquiry on campus. Take just a few minutes for a quick overview of what's happening: this 2-minute video explains the mission, and this video shows how the initiative applies to Cornell. 

The project’s webpage provides a variety of resources to help build a culture of free expression at Cornell, and this 30-second pitch for civil engagement is highly shareable.

Please help! Share these resources with your contacts, especially those with a Cornell connection. Working together we can liberate Cornell from the stifling monoculture and build it into the gold standard for freedom of expression. 

Coming in January - you can hear about this project directly, from the program director! The webinar will be the first in the exciting CornellFSA webinar series planned for 2023.
[Video] Cornell University - Free Your Campus, Free Your Mind

CornellFSA Key Player at Stanford Academic Freedom Conference

This invitation-only event drew renowned speakers including Steven Pinker, Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Haidt, Amy Wax, Jay Battacharya, Greg Lukianoff, and John Ioannides. Though the November event was aimed primarily at faculty, representatives of CornellFSA were also invited. Pictured below during his address to the group is CornellFSA's Carl Neuss.

CornellFSA and four other university alumni groups (MIT, Harvard, University of Virginia, and University of North Carolina) who are active in a Model University Program focused on academic freedom were featured sponsors of the conference.

The conference was a great opportunity for interaction among professors who have been “cancelled," those on the front lines of this unfortunate reality of our times.

A recording of Jonathan Haidt’s opening remarks is already available; look for links to recordings of all sessions in the January CornellFSA Newsletter.
Carl Neuss at Stanford Academic Freedom Conference

More Good News!

  • Abe is back! Uris Library recently reinstated the Abe Lincoln bust after CFSA board member Professor Randy Wayne noted and commented on its strange disappearance.
  • Laughter is the best medicine, so we’re thrilled to hear about the new satirical website, The Babbling Bear. It's modeled on MIT’s satirical site, The Babbling Beaver, which in turn owes something to the Babylon Bee. Very funny! Check it out and consider contributing!
Babbling Bear - The Wit and Wisdom of Cornellians

And Not So Good News

Perhaps you’ve heard that alumna Ann Coulter was shouted down during her November 9th talk at Cornell. Multiple disruptions made it impossible for her to continue speaking and the talk ended early. Details here. There is a crumb of good news: Cornell issued an apology for the students’ behavior, claiming they "did not reflect the university's values."
CornellFSA Year-End 2022 Fundraising Campaign

We are pleased to report that CornellFSA has received a generous "Matching Gift Pledge" from supporters of our volunteer corps efforts. We hope you will contribute to CornellFSA’s 2022 Year-End Fundraising Campaign and help return our beloved university to its founding vision and mission. We will soon be reaching out to supporters to fund the CornellFSA action plan for 2023 and beyond. If you already intend to make a donation (checks only), please let us know by sending an email to Thank you! Open Inquiry and Academic Freedom are under profound threat at Cornell University. CornellFSA has assembled an army of Cornell Community volunteers who are dedicated to bringing critically important educational reforms to Cornell.  that will provide the resources needed to implement future CornellFSA programs. A summary of CornellFSA's major accomplishments and ongoing action plans can be reviewed on our website HERE.
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