Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I would spend my free hours between library visits with my nose buried in a book, and at night, if it was past my bedtime, burrowed under the covers with a flashlight, reading.  It’s no wonder I decided at an early age that I wanted to become a writer.  To me, books were magic, and I wanted to be part o that magic.

Eileen Goudge
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Noise vs. News: What's Your Source? "The First Amendment & the Free Press"

Event Date: 
Apr 6 2017 - 6:00pm

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” 
—Thomas Jefferson

A free press is essential to a free society. Despite beliefs to the contrary, authoritarians don’t come to power by taking away guns, they do so by destroying the free press.  Democracy cannot flourish in the shadows; it is through the media and its dogged persistence at uncovering the truth that democracy and its institutions are brought into the light. 

Join us, at the Illinois Valley Community College, when Amanda Cook Fesperman discusses the vital role the First Amendment and the Free Press play in promoting and protecting the democracy both here, at home, and abroad. This is the first in a series of four events offered on consecutive Thursdays in April. For more information, please contact IVCC’s Jacobs Library at 815-223-0306 or call the LaSalle Public Library at 815-223-2341.The Illinois Valley Community College is located at 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL.

Thursday, April 6th, 6:00 p.m.
Illinois Valley Community College,
Room CTC 124-125

This event free and open to the public.  The event will be followed by an audience question and answer session.  All events will be live-streamed; links for streaming will be available on both the Illinois Valley Community College and LaSalle Public Library websites. Each event will later be archived, captioned, and available in both English and Spanish, again, via links provided by both institutions. 

Both the Illinois Valley Community College and the LaSalle Public Library are ADA compliant and welcoming. If you wish to attend an event and have special needs because of a disability, or if you have other questions, please contact Jayna Leipart Guttilla at 815-224-0306 or Donna Blomquist at 815-223-2341 to discuss arrangements. Please provide one week to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter.  

"Noise vs. News," will bring together scholars, journalists and the public in an exploration of professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news and using it as a first step in finding common ground. It is a collaborative project between Illinois Valley Community College and the LaSalle Public Library, and is funded through a grant from Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).