Creating space at the table: Intellectual freedom can bolster diverse voices

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Many of the most challenged books, year after year, feature voices from diverse communities (including those of women, racial or ethnic minorities, and LGBT people). Intellectual freedom protects these voices and protects our right to hear these voices. This essay discusses the definition of intellectual freedom, why diverse perspectives are important, and how intellectual freedom can bolster diverse voices. In turn, this can improve our relationships with one another, increasing empathy and respect, which can be reflected in numerous ways and is particularly important in a divisive political climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-418
Number of pages9
JournalLibrary Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017

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