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Intellectual Freedom News

September 16, 2016

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  • Academic Freedom Dying Because Profs Too Scared to Use It: Report | Heatstreet
  • Director at Cal State Long Beach quits over cancellation of racially-provocative show | Press Telegram. “We cannot ignore, however, that this occurrence also stands as critical juncture in the path of free speech on the campus of a public educational institution in perhaps our most liberal state,” wrote Speak Theater Arts co-founder Rafael Agustin. “The same act of censorship that today may seem to protect a community may be used next time as justification to silence a community in desperate need of a voice.”
  • Newman cancels talk by Supreme Court justice after anti-abortion backlash | Wichita Eagle. “Newman University canceled a planned talk by Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier after people who oppose abortion launched an “unsettling” social media campaign opposing her visit, the university’s provost said. Beier had been invited by the campus student history club on Aug. 22 to answer questions Friday as part of the school’s Constitution Day program. She was scheduled to discuss topics such as how to get into law school, what it is like to be a judge and what role judges play in the judicial system, said Clark Schafer, a Newman spokesman. But opposition to her visit from people outside the campus grew so ominous in tone that Newman vice president and provost Kimberly Long said she worried about the safety of Beier and of students attending her talk. Newman, near Kellogg and Edwards, is a Catholic university.”


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  • Advocacy Boot Camp | State by state, Advocacy Boot Camp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this joint effort of ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we’ll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.
  • ESSA and School Libraries | AASL, in collaboration with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and the ALA Washington Office, is offering a complementary, comprehensive workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to each AASL-affiliated state association. The workshops, presented by AASL leaders, will be customized to fit the needs of each state. Each workshop will include the most current information on developments at the Federal level, will connect ESSA language to the role of the school librarian and provide recommendations of opportunities at the state and local levels to ensure the ‘effective school library program’ language in ESSA.

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