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Intellectual Freedom Festival

The Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival is an Annual Event at ICPL that affirms everyone's right to freedom of thought and expression. All events are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

What is Intellectual Freedom?

Intellectual Freedom is a basic human right, defined by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The American Library Association affirms Intellectual Freedom as a basis for our democratic system and recognizes the important role libraries play in Intellectual Freedom issues. In order to be responsible citizens who have the ability to self-govern, we must be well-informed. Libraries provide information, ideas and resources in a variety of formats, enabling an informed citizenry.

Carol

About the Festival

In 1995, the Iowa City Public Library established the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Carol's 26-year career at ICPL and life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. Spaziani (shown left) believes that the public library's role is to be a resource and a forum for an individual's pursuit and expression of diverse points of view. A Library committee monitors current intellectual freedom issues and plans programs of interest for area residents. Celebrate your intellectual freedom and head to the Library for interesting programs and discussions. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.



2015 Events

Preschool Banned Books Storytime: with Kathy

Today at ICPL we will be celebrating the American Library Association's Banned Books week by reading banned or challenged books.

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room
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Intellectual Freedom Festival Film Screening: State Fair (1933)

Directed by Henry King, and starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, this was the first film version of the 1932 novel State Fair by Philip Strong. Nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, this film would run afoul of the newly created Motion Picture Production Code the following year. Guest speaker Corey Creekmur, Associate Professor , UI Depts. of English and Cinema and Comparative Literature will introduce the film and give us some background behind the Motion Picture Code.

Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Banned Books Storytime: with Casey

To celebrate Banned Books Week we will be reading books that have been banned or challenged.

Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room
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Intellectual Freedom Festival Poetry Event: Poets on the Barricades - Voices of the Oppressed

Performed by of the Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center's Reading Aloud group.

Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Preschool Banned Books Storytime: with Morgan

In celebration of Banned Books week we will be reading banned and challenged books at this storytime.

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room
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IFF Book Disussion - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: A One Community One Book event

Join us for a discussion of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson. “Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story." - John Grisham UI College of Law Associate Dean Wmily Hugest and Adrien Wing, Director of UI Center for Human rights and UI College of Law Association Dean will lead the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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