Intellectual Freedom News 1/6/17

Intellectual Freedom News

January 06, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • Burning Issues for Operation 451 | Inside Higher Ed; “Maybe this book, by someone who is so very accomplished at silencing others through his aggressive practice of “extreme free speech,” should be placed in libraries – next to books that talk back. Maybe the best response is making our libraries sites of spirited and generous conversation about what we actually mean when we talk about free speech.”
  • Famous Writers Plan A ‘Literary Protest’ On The Steps Of The New York Public Library | Huffington Post; PEN America is preparing a “literary protest” on the steps of the New York Public Library. “Stand with PEN America to defend free expression, reject hate crimes and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation!” an Eventbrite listing, shared with PEN followers on Wednesday, proclaims. After the readings, a group of PEN America leaders will lead protesters to Trump Tower in order to present PEN America’s free expression pledge on the First Amendment to “a member of the President elect’s team.”
  • Keeping the Flame Alive: 50th Anniversary of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom | AASL Knowledge Quest; “The Office for Intellectual Freedom is a proactive advocacy hub within ALA and has two new initiatives: Our Voices and ALA Bootcamp.”


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