Please save the date for the 2018 LACUNY Dialogues, which will be held on Friday, February 23 from 2-4pm at the CUNY Graduate Center. Find details and a call for participation below.
This year’s LACUNY Dialogues will focus on libraries, free speech, and civil discourse.
Given that “free expression and free access to ideas” are central values of librarianship, how do librarians--as scholars, educators, and social justice advocates--support free speech and academic freedom in polarized political, social, and institutional environments? What roles do institutional policies or codes of conduct play in ensuring a balance between free speech and civility? Do institutional cultures constrain free speech or limit academic freedom? Do academic publishers amplify certain voices at the expense of others? How should libraries and institutions respond when public scholars are attacked online? How should librarians respond to efforts by online platforms to restrict access to content, regulate speech, or vet information?
We invite proposals for panelists for town hall style, participatory discussion on topics related to the theme of libraries, free speech, and civil discourse.
- Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Academic freedom
- Public scholarship
- Library activism
- Censorship & self-censorship
- Net Neutrality
- Online harassment
- Codes of conduct & library policies
3-4 selected panelists will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation to kick off a conversation. Interested panelists should submit a brief proposal (150-200 words) using this form.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.