Thomas Paine

Intellectual Freedom & Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine wrote about ideas that were so controversial he was often imprisoned and fined, and almost executed. His works were banned in Europe and anyone who distributed, read or discussed his books faced prosecution. Starting this spring, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is working with Ian Ruskin to offer libraries an opportunity to provide screenings of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine as a program for their communities.

Intellectual Freedom Heroes

Intellectual Freedom Heroes

While at ALA’s Midwinter conference, I was thrilled to hear the news that two very distinguished and prominent awards honored two very deserving and courageous freedom fighters. The Freedom to Read Foundation and Office of Intellectual Freedom proudly congratulate David Levithan on receiving the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and Pat Scales on being the 2016 recipient of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award.

Author, Law Prof Catherine J. Ross Discusses How Schools Teach Lessons In Censorship at ALA Midwinter

Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.  Yet public schools in […]

Newly Revealed Records Detail 2013 Decision to Remove Persepolis from CPS Classrooms

During the week of March 11, 2013, directives were issued by administrators at Chicago Public Schools’ Fullerton school network and Lane Tech High School to remove Marjane Sartrapi’s acclaimed graphic […]

Sunday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Sunday, June 29 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day […]