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Shelf Control: A Dialogue on Harm Reduction, Diversity, and Freedom to Read

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. The Education Institute is hosting a lively discussion between library professionals and other literary and information sector experts! Join in this reflection on contested books, bad faith challenges, presumption of access, new frameworks around freedom of expression in libraries, and how to support intellectual freedom without bringing harm to marginalized communities. Moderated by Brendan de Caires (Executive Director, PEN Canada). Panelists include:  

  • Danny Ramadan (author and public speaker) 
  • Johanna Gibson-Lawler (President, Ontario School Libraries Association) 
  • Kasey Meehan (Program Director, Freedom to Read, PEN America) 
  • Michelle Arbuckle (Executive Director, Ontario Library Association / Advisory board member, Centre for Free Expression) 
  • Sonia Bebbington (CEO, Ottawa Public Library) 

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024 

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm ET 

Location: Online via Zoom 

Registration: please register here