Musts for Monday: Intellectual Freedom activities today at #ALA2013

Censorship, Freedom to Read Foundation, Intellectual Freedom Committee, Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Midwinter Meeting/Annual Conference, Privacy

First there was Five for Friday, then Six for Saturday, and Seven for Sunday! Today we’re pleased to bring you Monday’s must-see Intellectual Freedom-related events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. It’s the last day of Conference for many, so let’s make the most of it!

1. ALA Council II — 8:30-11:30 a.m., McCormick Place S100c

Watch the sausage get made. Freedom to Read Foundation President Candy Morgan will give her Report to Council.

2. IFRT II — 8:30-10:00 a.m., Palmer House Chicago Room

The second meeting of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table.  Learn about the activities of various Round Table committees, and find out how YOU can get involved in this essential element of ALA’s IF work.

3. IFC/COL program: “Do Not Track Me: A Cross-Generational Discussion of Personal Privacy” – 10:30-11:30 a.m., McCormick Place S401

The general public mostly agrees that personal privacy is an important issue, but there are generational differences in exactly what that means for our daily lives. University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone will present a legal background of the issues, and then lead a discussion with a panel of high school and college youth. The audience also will be asked to participate.

4. FTRF/CBLDF Booth #2650 in the Exhibits — 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., McCormick Place

This is your last chance to come by and say hi, and get those last-minute gifts (including Carolyn Forsman jewelry – proceeds benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation).

5. IFC/AAP program: “Book on Fire: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Fahrenheit 451” — 1:00-2:30 p.m., McCormick Place S401

Ray Bradbury’s biographer, the director of the Ray Bradbury Center, and a librarian who stood down a challenge to Fahrenheit 451 will discuss the book’s impact on U.S. culture, particularly its controversial censorship history.  A limited number of the brand-new 60th Anniversary edition of the book will be given out, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.


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