Events & Programs

Throughout the year, SRRT offers a variety of events and programs to educate, connect, and maintain forward momentum in our work to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire library profession.

SRRT at ALA Annual

ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA June 27 -July 2, 2024, is getting close. Check out the latest schedule! We hope you'll join us during the conference. Looking forward to seeing you then! SRRT at ALA Annual


Upcoming Events & Programs


The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Challenging Disinformation and Efforts to Silence Debate/Discussion

When: Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 12 noon Pacific, 2 p.m. Central, 3 p.m. Eastern

Where: Zoom - Register Here, free!

Speakers: Dr. Sonia Boulos and Dr. Shira Klein

Dr. Sonia Boulos is an Associate Professor of international human rights law at the Faculty of Law and International relations, Antonio de Nebrija University. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Juridical Science from the University of Notre Dame, USA. She was awarded the Fulbright doctoral scholarship for her doctoral studies. Her research focuses on the international protection of human rights. She has worked, inter alia, on the Palestinian minority in Israel, gender equality, and the use of force in international law. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights, Politics and Governance, Media and Communication, and Profesional de la Información.

She is a member of SEGERICO - The Research Group on Security, Risks Management and Conflict, at Nebrija University, a multi-disciplinary research group that works on the analysis of vulnerabilities and modern-day conflicts. She is a recurrent research fellow at Mada al-Carmel Research Center in Haifa where she was invited to lead a research project on Ecclesiastical Family Courts in Israel. She has participated in 7 competitive international and national research projects serving as the Principal Investigator in 2 of them. Boulos serves as the co-editor of Palestine/Israel Review.

Dr. Shira Klein, Associate Professor and Chair of History at Chapman University, works in two areas: Italian Jewish history and the digital humanities. Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press) was a finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award, and is about to be published in Hebrew. Her co-authored article “Wikipedia’s Intentional Distortion of the History of the Holocaust” has surpassed 53,000 views and attracted newspaper coverage in a dozen countries. It, too, is about to be published in Hebrew and Polish. Dr. Klein has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, USC Shoah Foundation, and the Barbieri Endowment. Dr. Klein is a scholar-activist, promoting peace in Israel/Palestine. She is the founder and president of Academics4Peace, a 501c3 dedicated to amplifying the voices of academics who call for justice and equality in Israel/Palestine.

Sponsored by the International Responsibilities Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association

Check back for the Afternoon of Social Justice!


Past Events & Programs

Dialogue with Palestinian & Israeli Jewish Peace Activists

Video link to the April 7 dialogue with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, Osama Iliwat and Iris Gur from the binational organization, Combatants for Peace. Their presentations and their responses to questions from the audience of librarians and educators were powerful and moving. Iliwat, Gur and the Combatants for Peace represent the voices of reason, empathy and peaceful coexistence that give us hope in these horrifying times.

Link to the program recording

small_Build%20Healthy%20Communities%20GraphicAbolitionist Visions and Intersections: Centering Human Relationships and Building Institutional Connections for Social Justice

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time. Online, via Zoom
Free and open to the public!

Abolitionism is a positive, proactive, cross-sector project that redirects resources to ameliorate harms; promotes new forms of and investments in community health and well-being; centers the voices, experiences, and concerns of impacted individuals and communities; and addresses systemic, structural, and institutional injustice and deprivation. In both concept and practice, it opens up dimensions of activism, solidarity, and opportunity that expand upon the possible to illuminate the potential. Abolitionist-aligned campaigns and collectives around the world showcase the diversity and breadth of this critical work, demonstrating that there is no one vision of what this looks like—it is and will be the reality created by those committed to upending current systems of oppression and bringing something new into the world. Libraries preserve, document, protect, exhibit, archive, and disseminate information about the range of human experience. They also robustly resource their communities and seek to highlight and understand the impact of information access in people’s lives. In many ways, the library and the prison are diametrically opposed public institutions. Whereas libraries strive to embrace and promote shared humanity, equal access, critical literacy, social belonging, civic engagement, personal growth, and free circulation of information, the prison—a space defined by confinement and restriction—dehumanizes, isolates, withholds, and silences by nature and design. And yet, in practice, libraries and prisons have long been intertwined, and their complex relationship spans over two hundred years in this country.

Current World Events Discussion Series for Library Staff & Community Members

Guided by PEN America’s media literacy guidelines, each session of this series will focus on a particular news topic by discussing two articles from highly reputable and credible sources such as The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian as well as smaller news sources such as Truthout and ProPublica. Facts and events will be examined within the historical and global context in which they take place. They will also be examined from the vantage point of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Our goal is to promote global awareness and to facilitate a truly educational, fruitful and civil discussion on a regular basis.

Intellectual Freedom, Social Responsibility, and Praxis in Librarianship and Education

(Nov. 15, 2023)

Event description: Intensified battles around book bans, censorship, public and school library funding, Critical Race Theory, African American Studies pedagogy, gender identity, and sexual orientation are at fever pitch across the country, raising critical questions about the nature of intellectual freedom, the purpose of literacy and education, the dissemination of information, and the interrelationships among them. The pervasiveness of these issues also illuminates how race and racism continues to structure key conversations and contexts about information access, pedagogy, and the historical record.

What is behind this most recent wave of the longstanding challenges to intellectual freedom, historical reckoning, and “dangerous ideas” in America? How does it connect or stand apart from previous repression and suppression of information, literacy, and history? And how can the related professions of librarianship and education inform one another’s efforts to uphold information access, historical integrity, and democratic principles? This panel will dig into these key questions and help contextualize, inform, and ignite our collective understanding and advocacy in these areas. Please join us!

Panelists:

  • Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, School of Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Carolyn Foote, Co-Founder of FReadom Fighters
  • Johannah Genett, Deputy Director, Hennepin County Library
  • Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, University of California, Los Angeles