Interview: “‘This Has Been a Valuable Debate’: Toronto Librarian Says Some Good Has Come From Meghan Murphy Controversy”
A link to new interview (October 29, 2019) with Toronto City Librarian, Vickery Bowles published by The Star.
Since the interview was published the event with Meghan Murphy took place. Links to media coverage below.
From the Introduction:
Before an appearance Tuesday evening of feminist writer Meghan Murphy at a Toronto library branch, city librarian Vickery Bowles explained the thinking behind the decision to allow Murphy to speak, which triggered widespread protest, in particular from the transgender community.
The interview runs approx. 1190 words and consists of eleven questions and responses. Here’s one exchange.
Q. What did you learn from this [a “rigorous” review of TPL’s room booking policy].
Bowles: Well, you know, this isn’t just happening in Toronto. This is happening in libraries and other institutions throughout the world. We’re seeing challenges to free speech in government and political venues. We’re seeing it on university campuses. And we seem to be in a place where there is less tolerance for a diversity of viewpoints and civil discourse is discouraged in some instances, which I think is challenging and unfortunate.
And the public library is a place to have that kind of public discourse, to engage in civil debate on important, controversial issues.
UPDATE: Coverage of Event
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