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Surveillance, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom

Surveillance, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom

ACLU posterRitchie Eppink, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho, will present on Surveillance, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 pm at Boise Public Library.

Intellectual freedom is a basic right in our society guaranteed by the First Amendment. According to the American Library Association, libraries actively advocate for intellectual freedom by promoting and protecting “the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely.”

Mr. Eppink’s talk will focus on the right to privacy, “the right to read, consider, and develop ideas and beliefs free from observation or unwanted surveillance by the government or others” (ALA). He will address how recent legislation affects privacy rights and the exercise of intellectual freedom.

The library has many materials on privacy rights, intellectual freedom, censorship, and governmental actions that affect these issues. The display at the Circulation Desk, by Laura Coleman of Access Services, is only a small sampling of what is available in the library’s collection. The Reference and Circulation Desks would be happy to help you find information on intellectual freedom-related subjects that are of interest to you.

You are all invited to attend Ritchie Eppink’s talk on May 24th .

Shalini Ramachandran,
Special Projects Assistant

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