Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarship – Submission Deadline: November 19, 2020

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), is excited to announce a scholarship for the Spring 2021 seminar, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).

The 3-credit online seminar led by instructor Beth Wrenn-Estes runs from January 27 – May 17, 2021. The course will focus on intellectual freedom issues with youth, the value of youth literature to enhance individuals’ lives, the ethics of intellectual freedom, the psychology of censorship and how to combat it, and how to defend materials for youth. Before Wrenn-Estes started teaching for SJSU full-time she was a youth services librarian. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth. Wrenn-Estes received the iSchool Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012 and The Most Distinguished (Faculty) Service award in 2014.

The scholarship covers half the cost of the course and is open to any student enrolled in a LIS degree program.  As part of a collaboration between FTRF and SJSU, staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and the FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students. 

Applications for the scholarships are due November 18 and recipients will be announced by December first. You may apply here.

Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course.  Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution. 

For more information regarding registration please contact Sheila.Gurtu@sjsu.edu at the SJSU iSchool or Yumeka Brown ybrown@ala.org at the Freedom to Read Foundation.