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FTRF and GSLIS at Illinois announce intellectual freedom course and scholarship opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course, in its third year, will be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, who was awarded a 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium for the course. It is a project of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” is a 2-credit course and will meet online Tuesdays August 23–October 11, 2016. It is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program.  As part of the collaboration, Freedom to Read Foundation staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students. 

“Our culture is at a tipping point, a shift in its tolerance for the First Amendment. It is imperative that today’s library students have a deep and thoughtful exposure to the value of free speech. And who better to receive it from than the 2015 WISE instructor of the year?” said James LaRue, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

“I’m excited to teach the intellectual freedom and censorship class again this Fall,” said Professor Emily Knox. “The course is one of the highlights of my semester. I, like the students, enjoy listening and learning from our weekly speakers and I love our spirited class discussions.”

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Tags:  GSLIS  krug fund 

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This year, consider a gift to FTRF

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your loved one, colleague, or book group?  Consider a donation to the Freedom to Read Foundation! 

There are two great ways to give:

• A gift one-year membership, good through the end of 2013.  The recipient will receive a membership card, a subscription to Freedom to Read Foundation News, and breaking news updates.  They’ll also know that they are a key part in the effort to defend and protect our most important rights.

• A gift donation to the Freedom to Read Foundation.  The donation could be to one of FTRF's named funds—the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, the Gordon M. Conable Fund, or the Zappa Fund—or a general gift to the Foundation.  

A gift membership or donation to the Freedom to Read Foundation will help support FTRF’s programs, educational efforts, and litigation efforts. Your gift will help libraries and librarians defend the right to access information.  And since FTRF is a 501(c)(3) organization, your gift is tax deductible!

Make this a memorable holiday season.  Give online today or call us at (312) 280-4226.

Tags:  Conable Fund  gifts  Krug Fund  membership  Zappa Fund 

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2012 Krug Awards - Part 1

Posted By Admin, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FTRF is a proud sponsor of Banned Books Week 2012. As we lead up to the Sept 30 – Oct 6 celebration of free access to information we are featuring the winners of the 2012 Judith Krug Fund grants who did wonderful work drawing attention to the harm that censorship has in our society.

ACLU of Pennsylvania 

ACLU of Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, was awarded a 2012 Krug Fund grant for their 17th annual "fREADom: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read,” Read-Out and the second annual "Banned After Dark” event featuring performances of banned or challenged plays, songs and other works. This is the second grant for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which also was awarded a grant in 2010.

Tags:  #bannedbooksweek Banned Books Week  krug fund 

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