There is power in reading. It has only been in recent decades that the new field of study, the history of reading, has emerged. There is now enough research to create a broad narrative history of reading, especially the patterns of ordinary reading (as opposed to academic reading). And this story has a central theme: that reading has been and can be the most fundamental expression of human freedom, even in repressive societies. In this session, participants will explore the significance of the documentation of what is being read and who is reading which texts.