Entries from October 2012

October 30, 2012

Glass to Make The Case for Controversial Literature at Chicago Humanities Fest

Loren Glass, University of Iowa associate professor of 19th- and 20th-century American literature and cultural studies, will make “The Case for Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer“ at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Sunday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m.  Glass will recount how Chicagoan Barney Rosset and his fledgling Grove Press led the charge in the 1960s against government […]

October 17, 2012

Nominations process open for 2013 Freedom to Read Foundation Board election

Cross-posted to the FTRF Blog FTRF has announced the Nominating Committee for the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees.  Nominations (including self-nominations) are being accepted by the committee through December 14, 2012. Elected trustees will serve two-year terms starting at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago and running through the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Trustees are required […]

October 15, 2012

IFAction Round Up, October 7-14, 2012

OIF sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. To subscribe to this list, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/subscribe/ifaction. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/ifaction. Below is a sample of articles from October 7—14, 2012. Free Speech Attorney says Ind. library violating […]

October 12, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

Before we usher in a great weekend, why not check out more videos from the states as part of the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week? Today’s featured videos are from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia! North Carolina Library Association produced a video featuring books that have been banned/challenged from May […]

October 11, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York

We have several more states to feature for the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week. Today’s featured states are New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York! The Friends of the Metuchen Library in Metuchen, New Jersey, read, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Instructor Matthew Valdiviez reads a passage from William Shakespeare’s Richard II […]

October 11, 2012

IF Action Round Up September 24—October 6, 2012

OIF sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. To subscribe to this list, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/subscribe/ifaction. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/ifaction. Below is a sample of articles from September 24—October 6, 2012. Privacy Facebook Launches ‘Gifts’ in Crafty […]

October 10, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, and Montana

Although Banned Books Week 2012 has ended, we are pleased to continue featuring videos from states across the country in hopes that viewing them will inspire you to continue to celebrate the freedom to read any day of the year. Today’s featured states are Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, and Montana. Members of the Alaska Quidditch […]

October 10, 2012

Timeline entry for 2012: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

We’ve so far commemorated the past 30 years of the timeline of banned and challenged books and will end with the year 2012. The featured book is “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” by Paulo Freire. In 2012, under threat of violating state law and losing state funding, the Tucson (AZ) Unified School District voted to cut […]

October 6, 2012

Timeline entry for 2011: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

We’re highlighting year 2011 on the timeline of banned and challenged books. The featured books is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. In 2011, the Richland (WA) School Board voted to prohibit “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” for all grades, though the initial complaint came in regard […]

October 5, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin

We’ve featured 25 states so far for the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week, and will continue to feature more over the next week. Today’s featured videos come from Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Indiana’s Mooresville Public Library created a trailer for Banned Books Week 2012. Check out their playlist of Banned […]