March 26, 2020
Intellectual Freedom and Censorship My talk will concern how intellectual freedom and social justice sometimes clash in such situations as hate speech. I will use a recent example, from the Urbana, IL Free Library, of the controversy over the use of sex/gender terminology and dialogue re: LGBTQ people. The questions: Should libraries allow programs with speakers who do not accept the current definitions and activities of transgender people? What should libraries do with books and articles that are now deemed outdated in their definitions? How can a library uphold its ethical principles and still include all people in their selection of information and programming?