24 Sept: Free Banned Books Week Webinar


Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves. In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

London, UK: Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, will start us off by discussing issues faced outside of the U.S. and how Index chooses to respond.

Charleston, South Carolina: We will then travel to Charleston — where the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel has been a flashpoint in a university funding controversy — to hear from Shelia Harrell-Roye, a committee member from Charleston Friends of the Library. With the 2014 Banned Books Week focus on graphic novels, Harrell-Roye will discuss what her group has been doing to support this critically acclaimed book.

Houston, Texas: Moving westward, we will travel to Houston to hear from Tony Diaz, author, radio host, and leader of El Librotraficante. Diaz is a champion for banned books and for ethnic studies textbooks in both Arizona and Texas.

This banned books journey will end in California where Congresswoman Linda Sánchez of the CA 38th District, will offer some closing remarks about why the freedom to read is so important for our nation’s future. Afterward, our very own Ed McBride will wrap up the conversation from Thousand Oaks, CA.

Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

Registration is free, but spaces are limited. (Note: On the following screens you will be asked to set your timezone preferences, then click register on the third screen to reserve your spot.)

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One response to “24 Sept: Free Banned Books Week Webinar”

  1. I love Index on Censorship. Please be careful about Banned Books Week. It was designed by American Library Association’s Illinois ACLU director to mislead people about book selection and censorship. ALA defines every single book removed as censorship no matter how appropriate the removal might be because the material falls outside a materials selection policy. Hence, according to the ALA, there are hundreds of instances of censorship throughout the USA, when in reality, 1963 was the last year USA ever censored a book. Schools removing inappropriate material for school children is a serious issue, but it is not censorship. Faking hundreds of incidents of censorship a year dumbs down any true response to true censorship since people are becoming inured to the constant cry of censorship. Index on Censorship may wish to be careful about support for something that fakes hundreds of incidents of censorship to promote some group’s political agenda instead of true opposition to true censorship, which is what Index on Censorship is all about. Read more about the Banned Books Week hogwash on the link under my name.