Welcome to the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee!

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is concerned with the rights of freedom of expression, and stands ready to assist in situations where these rights may be in danger and is responsible for arranging the John Swan Memorial Lecture.

Contact Us

Chair: Ray Brior
Willey Library & Learning Center
Johnson State College
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656
(802) 635-1495

John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lectures

2016 - Justin Peters
YouTube video of Slate writer Peters, author of The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, speaking on the role of free culture, libraries, and liberty in America. Given at the O'Brien Community Center in Winooski, VT on April 15, 2016.

2014 - Dawn Sova

YouTube video of Sova's lecture on the current state of attempts to limit intellectual freedom in America in comparison to mid-20th century attempts. Given at the Pavillion Auditorium, Montpelier, VT on January 27, 2014.

2011 - Christopher Finan

Finan talks about his book, From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of Free Speech in America, in which he speaks about VLA being the first sign of hope in the fight against the USA PATRIOT act. Given at Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, VT on August 25, 2011.

2005 - Laurie Lane-Zucker

A New Vision of Citizenship For a Fast-Globalizing and Ecologically Challenged World by Laurie Lane-Zucker, given at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT on June 9, 2005