Free Speech on Campus Today
James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284
During the American Library Association's Banned Book Week, join us for a talk presented by James LaRue, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Over the past few years, America's college campuses have become roiling centers of free speech controversy. Professors lose their jobs. Speakers are invited, then disinvited. Researchers can't access the digital content they need. Deep educational dialog unravels safe spaces. Are these problems? Or is this just what the First Amendment looks like?
The event is free and open to the all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For questions, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-1105.
About the Speaker
James (Jamie) LaRue is the director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. He is the author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges and was a public library director for many years, including a 24-year tenure as director of the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. He has written, spoken and consulted on leadership and organizational development, community engagement and the future of libraries.