Nominations for the Immroth Award recognizing personal courage in the defense of intellectual freedom are due December 1, for the Oboler Award honoring a book are due December 1, and for the Hodges Award celebrating an organization dedicated to intellectual freedom are due January 1.
In a year in which challenges to books in school and public libraries have become organized and a sad feature of political campaigns, awards to those fighting for the right to read become all the more worth celebrating. The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) presents three awards recognizing the commitment and strength of two very deserving leaders in that fight.
Government interference in classroom curricula. Financial pressures and conflicts of interests. The death of tenure. Trigger warnings, cancel culture, censorship, and the chilling effect. With all the pressures threatening open inquiry and free expression on campus, you might wonder: “Does academic freedom have a future?” Join the IFRT Reads community to explore this question with Oboler Award-winning author and academic freedom scholar, Henry Reichman, and his 2019 book, The Future of Academic Freedom.
From these news stories, you can find many librarians and IF advocates responding courageously to these anti-intellectual freedom occurrences. From this, consider nominating an individual, group, or book for an intellectual freedom award from the American Library Association (ALA).