ALA to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival


As part of ALA’s ongoing Banned Books Week related festivities, the Office for Intellectual Freedom will cosponsor a program at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), “The Case for Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.” The program will take place on Sunday, November 11, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, at Francis W. Parker School – Diane and David B Heller Auditorium, 2233 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets are $5.00 for general admission, and free for students and teachers.

The featured speaker of the event is Loren Glass, University of Iowa associate professor of 19th- and 20th-century American literature and cultural studies. He will recount how Chicagoan Barney Rosset and his fledgling Grove Press led the charge against censorship to the works of William S. Burroughs, D.H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller, in the 1960s, by helping to redefine the parameters of obscenity and bring this essential and provocative literature to college classrooms and the greater American reading public. Glass recounts Rosset’s campaign and explores how the literary avant-garde joined the mainstream.

Tickets for this program will go on sale on Tuesday, September 4, for CHF Members, and will open to the general public on Monday, September 17. For more information about this program, please visit


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