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The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association (ALAOIF) offers newsletters with resources, links to stories about challenges, and more. Here is the current issue: http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=11018.

One of the topics addressed here is a subject I have been thinking and stewing about for a while. What happens when someone controversial is invited to come speak? There have been violent clashes over invitations to Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulis. And a recent survey asserts, "Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses." You can see more detail here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2017/09/18/views-among-college-students-regarding-the-first-amendment-results-from-a-new-survey/.

We need to begin with younger students. Talk about the First Amendment and what it does and does not protect. Have a frank discussion abut WHY we need to protect free speech even if we do not agree with its content.
Tags: banned books, free speech
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