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All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are proud to present “All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four,” in honor of National Library Week. In 2005, the FBI, under the auspices of the USA PATRIOT ACT, tried to access patron information from Connecticut libraries and issued a gag order on four librarians, members of the executive committee of the CT Library Connection. Known in the press as the Connecticut Four, the librarians spent over a year fighting the order and were successful in getting the FBI to withdraw.

Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Four are speaking out against new efforts to expand the FBI’s ability to require libraries to hand over private information in the absence of a judge’s order. Two members of the Connecticut Four, Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase, will join us for a discussion with Dan Cherubin, Wesleyan University Librarian, on the history of the case, what’s changed and, in regards to our newly elected government, what we need to watch.

The event will also feature the announcement of the winners of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research prize. The candidate projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources, evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself, and the quality of writing and research.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

We take the opportunity of National Library Week to celebrate all libraries’ continued fight for both access of material and the right to privacy. As the American Library Association Code of Ethics, adopted in 1939, declares: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Date: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room (1st floor in Olin Library)

more info about Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase after the jump:

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)

Severo Secreto Documentary Screening

image003From the Romance Languages Department:

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. This film gives an overview of Sarduy’s formative years in the central province of Camagüey, his early adulthood in Havana during the first years of the Cuban Revolution, and his extensive work in France, where he spent most of his adult life. Through interviews with important Cuban writers and artists inside and outside the island, as well as Latin American and European intellectuals, the film reveals Sarduy’s apparent political neutrality, his views on sexuality, and his experimental writings about Cuban identity, with particular focus on Afro-Cubans and Chinese Cubans. The directors of the film, Oneyda González and Gustavo Pérez, will be present for a Q&A session in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation.

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 6PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema