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Deborah Caldwell-Stone on Defending the Freedom to Read

November 6, 2023 @ 6:30 pm CST

Sponsored by the Caxton Club

November Evening Program


Direct from the headlines and media screens comes news of the latest efforts to ban or restrict certain books from school and public libraries and even bookstores. Today’s challenges are new, but the effort to ban books has a long history. Please join us as we host Deborah Caldwell-Stone, JD, Director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, to explore this issue and the latest challenges.

Portions of this program were underwritten by a bequest of the estate of Peggy Sullivan. Peggy’s distinguished service with the ALA both as President and Executive Director, her longtime commitment to the Caxton Club, and her commitment to librarianship suggested the theme for this event. This program brings together the ALA and the Caxton Club to discuss a timely topic and honor a mutual friend, Peggy Sullivan.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and has published widely on intellectual freedom. She earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law and has practiced appellate law before state and federal courts in Chicago. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.


Zoom begins promptly at 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET.

Preregistration required via website. Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Register here: https://caxtonclub.org/event-5399780/Registration

Please forward this notice to anyone who may find it of interest.

Even if you can’t attend at the scheduled time, if you’re interested, please register. After the program, we’ll send an email to all registrants, asking if you’d like a link to the complete recording. That way you can see the program even if you couldn’t attend live, ran into technical issues, or simply wanted to watch it again.


November 6, 2023
6:30 pm CST