Press Release: John Swan Lecture with Dawn Sova

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January 14, 2014,

Vermont Library Association with the Department of Libraries presents The Bi-Annual John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture with Dawn Sova

Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Pavilion Auditorium

109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
6:00-8:00 PM Free and Open to the Public

Please join the Vermont Library Association for the 2014 edition of the John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture featuring author Dr. Dawn Sova, an experienced speaker on the topic of intellectual freedom and the author of four published and one forthcoming works focusing on censorship. Dr. Sova’s published works on censorship include Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds and Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds. Dr. Sova describes herself as “a strong opponent of censorship in its many forms – visual, aural, written, spoken” a “fierce defender of the First Amendment”.

Dr. Sova will be speaking about the current state of attempts to limit intellectual freedom in America and compare it to mid-20th century attempts. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

The John Swann Lecture Series was begun in 1992 as a tribute to John Swan, the director of libraries at Bennington College and strong advocate of intellectual freedom in all types of libraries. In 2014 the lecture is being co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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