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It was announced yesterday that the same transphobic speaker who rented rooms from Vancouver Public Library and Toronto Public Library is scheduled to be on a panel at Seattle Public Library. Seattle Public has responded to critics of this decision with the same trite defenses that VPL and TPL have,...

Canadian librarianship is heading into a moment of truth/crisis around intellectual freedom. The events around hosting transphobic speakers at Vancouver Public Library and Toronto Public Library, accompanied by a doubling-down on free speech absolutism and a dismissal of critics as confused, naive, or inexperienced, have exposed deep faultlines within the...

In my last post I noted how the October 15th, 2019, statement from the Toronto City Librarian, Vickery Bowles, used the expression “free speech” rather than the more usual expression in librarianship, “intellectual freedom”. “Free speech” is absent from Bowles’ previous statement from October 12th, which made me think more...

In an early defense of TPL’s platforming of a transphobic speaker, Vickery Bowles made the rhetorical move from the usual library term, “intellectual freedom”, to “free speech”, a term with particular political connotations and a set of adherents who range from centrist liberals to the most rabid alt-right white supremacist....

[Adorno] seems to have had more sympathy for the student movement of ths sixties than he was willing to express publicly (a sympathy not a little tarnished by the deathless shame of having called the police into the University. Jameson, Late Marxism To speak of constituent power is to speak...