The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.
The IFRT Members Community group is the central hub for discussion, library and events. It is visible to all ALA members but only IFRT members can participate in the conversation.
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The following event may be of interest to IFRT members:
Join HxLibraries for our virtual Fall 2023 Symposium with Jason Baehr, PhD on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 4pm ET via Zoom by registering (via Google Form).
What are the problems with common reactions to these challenges, such as withdrawal, undue skepticism, tribalism or dogmatism?
How can intellectual virtues enable a more productive way of engaging - and how can we practice them and teach them to others?
Explore the potential for intellectual virtues to help us orient the challenges of the contemporary information landscape with virtue epistemology scholar-practitioner Jason Baehr, PhD for HxLibraries Fall 2023 Symposium, "Intellectual Virtues and the Contemporary Information Landscape."
Jason Baehr is professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He holds a PhD in philosophy from University of Washington.
Jason is a widely cited scholar on virtue epistemology, including his work on intellectual virtues like curiosity, open-mindedness, intellectual humility, and intellectual courage. He is the author or editor of four books:
Inquiry & Agency: A Theory of Intellectual Virtues and Vices (under contract with Oxford University Press)
Deep in Thought: A Practical Guide to Teaching for Intellectual Virtues (Harvard Education Press, 2021)
Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology, ed. (Routledge, 2016)
The Inquring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Jason also works to apply intellectual virtues to educational theory and practice, including as administrator of Educating for Intellectual Virtues and co-founder of the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach.
Learn more about Jason Baehr, PhD.
Heterodox Libraries (HxLibraries) is a disciplinary community of Heterodox Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of research and education in universities by increasing open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.
HxLibraries hosts multiple symposia each year - featuring a keynote speaker, small group discussions, and Q&A - as well as monthly happy hours via Zoom, and publishes the Heterodoxy in the Stacks substack. HxLibraries members include Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty, LIS degree-holders and -seekers, and library workers of all backgrounds and from all types of libraries. Membership is free. Learn more about joining HxLibraries.
Modeled on the Heterodox Canada Symposium, the HxLibraries Symposium is an opportunity for participants to explore ideas related to library theory and practice, information science, and information culture.
Each symposium begins with remarks from a keynote speaker (25-30 mins.) followed by small group discussion (15-20 mins.) and concludes with Q&A (15 mins.).
Previous symposia have explored trends in LIS scholarship related to intellectual freedom, neutrality, social justice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion; the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR); the neutrality debate in libraries; democratic thinking and other democratic virtues; and social justice and intellectual freedom. HxLibraries members are encouraged to present or propose symposia.
The Heterodox Libraries Fall 2023 Symposium is generously supported with funding from Heterodox Academy.
Register for the virtual Heterodox Libraries Fall 2023 Symposium, "Intellectual Virtues and the Contemporary Information Landscape," with Jason Baehr, PhD on October 5, 2023 at 4pm CT (via Google Form). Please send other inquiries to Sarah at smh767[at]psu[dot]edu.
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