Nikole Hannah-Jones, intellectual freedom, archiving dance

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

When asked what inspired the 1619 Project, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led The New York Times Magazine to a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for the long-form collection, named an unexpected place: her high school. As a teenager in Waterloo, Iowa, she took an elective class on Black studies. “It was the first time I’d ever gotten any type of extensive instruction on Black Americans,” Hannah-Jones told viewers.


Allison Macrina

Some of the most fiercely debated flashpoints in the field of librarianship today lie at the intersection of intellectual freedom and other values of the profession, such as a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, examined this convergence.


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Join presenters from Adam Matthew Digital and Quartex for this Book Buzz Bite session exploring how game-changing handwritten text recognition transcription technology, available now through Quartex, aids discoverability and research across manuscript material—such as that seen in Adam Matthew Digital’s upcoming Colonial Caribbean resource. 11–11:10 a.m. Friday, June 25.

Learn how social media practices can be implemented to help advocate for, promote, and celebrate small and rural libraries. This program will provide tips for choosing platforms and creating engagement. 10–11 a.m. Friday, June 25.

Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based author, poet, visual artist, sociologist, and professor, whose work focuses on how racism affects the lives and education of young people. Maya and the Robot is her first title for young readers. 2:15–2:45 p.m. Friday, June 25.


Paul Novosel and Judy Tyrus

Dancer and archivist Judy Tyrus and musician Paul Novosel, formerly of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, at 4:30 p.m. today. American Libraries interviewed the pair about their forthcoming book and the challenges of archiving for dance.


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