At DePaul’s Convocation earlier this month, President Holtschneider provided an update on the university’s Speech and Race Action Plan, which includes the launch of the President’s Series on Race and Free Speech on September 19th with a conversation with Michael Eric Dyson (Georgetown University) on “Why Race Matters.”
The DePaul University Library, like all libraries, is committed to the core values of diversity and intellectual freedom, which also provide the foundation for the Speech and Race Action Plan. Our library has also made a commitment to the values of inclusion, social responsibility, and community engagement an essential part of our vision for our work; a commitment that we celebrate annually through our Banned Books Week programs, as well as other programming. “Diversity,” in fact, is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1), and we look forward to engaging the DePaul community in continued dialogue about how diversity in what we read and write, along with an inclusive approach to scholarship, represent critical components of the discussion of race and free speech on campus.
As part of the our contribution to the Speech and Race Action Plan, the DePaul University Library will develop new research guides throughout the year to highlight library resources relevant to topics explored as part of the President’s Series on Race and Free Speech, and similar to those developed to support continued exploration of themes introduced as part of the President’s Book Club. Please visit our site to review these resources as they are made available, or contact your liaison librarian for assistance in using the library to help further your study of these important issues.