Libraries in Practice: Tending Toward Liberation
May 18, 2023 – May 18, 2023
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Hub, University Center
The New School
63 5th Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY
Libraries as Practice: Tending Toward Liberation explores the unequivocal relationship between books, libraries, freedom, and liberation. Hosted within the C& Center of Unfinished Business library and exhibition at The New School’s Social Justice Hub, this program follows Libraries as Correctives, an online program featuring Contemporary And (C&) in conversation with international libraries: Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg, Sister Library in Mumbai, and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.
Bringing together organizers from local independent artist-run libraries, non-circulating collections, archives, reading rooms, and small presses, Libraries as Practice considers the role of libraries in making space for freedom-work. At a time when libraries in the United States are under threat by right-wing legislation, the program explores the crucial ways in which these spaces shore up education and literacy and expand personal and collective narratives toward liberation.
Emmy Catedral, Pilipinx American Library
Julia Grosse, C& Center of Unfinished Business
Yusuf Hassan, BlackMass Publishing
Re’al Christian, Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives, Vera List Center for Art and Politics