By: guest contributor Sarah Hartman-Caverly – The true threats to intellectual freedom on college and university campuses cannot be solved by outside intervention – most especially not by state intervention. In this post, Hartman-Caverly extends criticism of the recent Executive Order on free inquiry by challenging its emphasis on learner data tracking, and questions whether intellectual freedom can meaningfully exist without intellectual privacy.
Therefore, the erosion of any free speech case, particularly those involving the press or speech on educational campuses, raises concerns for the library profession. Free expression, free access, and resisting censorship are core principles of the library profession and the Library Bill of Rights.
Last month, as Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker celebrated the 50th anniversary of their landmark legal win on behalf of students’ First Amendment rights, they make connections to today’s student activists and the issues students and citizens of all ages are moved to protest.
These exhibits are yet another reminder that so much of our private lives are now very public in a way that they were not a few decades ago.
Sometimes the voices we most need to hear are voices that the government would rather silence.
The First Amendment and Library Services, brought to you by Theresa Chmara, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, will introduce you to the legal principles behind the First Amendment, their practical implications in daily life, and how those principles affect library work.
The critical work of journalists in a democratic society requires protecting freedom of expression. A free press cannot flourish where writers fear censorship or retaliation. How did you celebrate #StudentPressFreedom on Wednesday, January 30?
While it is not a new phenomenon, over the last two years, we have seen a troubling increase in headlines about hate speech or conduct. Here’s a helpful resource for preparing and responding to such conduct.
Today, December 15, 2018, we celebrate the 227th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Bill of Rights Day on this day in 1941 to honor and observe the preservation of our individual rights.
This third season of More Perfect podcast offers up episodes focused on each of the 27 constitutional amendments, and they have also compiled 27: The Most Perfect Album, with commissioned songs reflecting on each amendment. For intellectual freedom lovers, episode 1 offers a new perspective on the First Amendment, and in episode 3, privacy plays a central role in their discussion of the Ninth Amendment.