Sunday, February 12, 2006

First Amendment Rights and Intellectual Freedom

On Thursday, February 23rd, Valerie Nye, who is Serials Librarian at College of Santa Fe's Fogelson Library, will speak on the topic "Outposts of Intellectual Freedom: Libraries Protecting Our First Amendment Rights." This is the third lecture in College of Santa Fe's Spring 2006 Faculty Lecture Series, and will take place in the CSF Forum, at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nearly half of all high school students surveyed in 2004 believe that newspapers should not be able to publish stories without government approval, and 75 percent of these students believe, falsely, that flag-burning is illegal. In this decade, rights to privacy and intellectual freedom are eroding, and librarians are on the frontline in the battle to retain Americans' rights to read, learn and have access to government information. Nye will discuss some of the campaigns waged on behalf of intellectual freedom and the important role that New Mexico libraries serve in the protection of our First Amendment rights.

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