Robert M. O’Neil, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia (UVA), is the recipient of the 2010 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award. Read the press release about his award here.
O’Neil was the keynote speaker at FTRF’s 10th Anniversary Gala in 1979. You can read the transcript of his speech reprinted on pp. 3-6 of that summer’s FTRF News.
At the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala last summer, he presented the Thomas Jefferson Center’s William J. Brennan Award for free expression to FTRF Executive Director Judith Krug (posthumously). See his speech as part of the recording of the Gala (starts at the 23:38 mark).
O’Neil will receive the FTRF Roll of Honor Award at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference during its Opening General Session from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.
The Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor was established in 1987 to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed substantially to FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support.