#SaveIMLS; Howard Zinn; and student journalism about transgender restrooms
Government officials charged with overseeing public education may frame these attempts at censorship in terms of their pedagogical responsibilities, so it is important to see how these attempts differ from the appropriate use of responsible selection by professional educators and librarians.
Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” “Eleanor and Park,” and Net Neutrality
Legislation just proposed in Arkansas this week would ban books by or about Howard Zinn from all public schools in the state. The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren, would prohibit any public school district or charter school from including anything written by the controversial Boston University professor between 1959 and his death in 2010.
Article 19 of the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights] states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Gay “Captain Underpants”; Milo Yiannopoulos; Open Carry in Libraries; and current challenges to “A People’s History of the United States,” “The Color Purple,” “The Bluest Eye,” “The Kite Runner,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Stuck in the Middle,” and “The Glass Castle”
In my academic bubble, it’s easy to be shocked by recent attacks on academic freedom. How can I engage with opinions outside the academy?
Milo Yiannopoulos’ actions have stirred conversations in the library community, surrounding free speech, student rights and collection development. Three intellectual freedom fighters — our OIF director, a reference librarian and a library director — offer their perspectives on “the Milo situation.”
We are often asked why we have libraries in the age of Google. We just have been given the perfect opportunity to prove our worth. Will we open the discussion and grab it?
How does an intellectual freedom fighter deal with someone like Milo Yiannopoulos? Does the First Amendment guarantee a forum for every kind of speech?