The Furman Free Speech Alliance is a non-partisan organization founded by a group of Furman University alumni to make the case for free expression and to protect and promote academic freedom on campus. In so doing, we aim to provide support for students, professors, administrators, and our fellow alumni who speak up for open debate and viewpoint diversity.
We join a fast-growing number of alumni at a host of colleges and universities across the country who recognize and are determined to resist the erosion of basic free speech rights at academic institutions.
The core of our mission is to support Furman as an outstanding contributor in the advancement of knowledge driven by a basic and unquestioned dedication to free expression and free inquiry. Furman should attract students because it is widely known to be a home for free speech and an intellectual setting where diverse ideas are respected, indeed encouraged. Where Furman advances these principles it will receive our praise and support; where it diverges from them it will receive our criticism and reminders of why universities exist at all.
If, after reading through the materials presented on this website, you agree intellectual freedom is threatened at Furman, or simply want to keep abreast of free speech and viewpoint diversity issues on campus, please join us.
Furman Free Speech Alliance Advisory Board:
Christian Alexandrou ‘18
Thomas Davis ‘68
Ravenel Curry ‘63
John Cline (parent)
We welcome communications from current students and faculty about their experiences at Furman with speaker disruptions, cancellations over unpopular ideas, and other speech-related concerns.