From Tennessee to Texas, book banning continues to make headlines across the United States. According to a recent New York Times piece, the American Library Association received an “‘unprecedented’ 330 reports of book challenges” last fall, and the executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship said “he has not seen this level of challenges since the 1980s.”
Facing threats of censorship and losing diverse perspectives, parents, teachers, and librarians are all asking the question “When books are threatened, where do we turn”? Join us on March 29th from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET for an evening of programming in partnership with PEN America dedicated to examining this pressing question.
On the multi-faceted issue, we will hear from concerned citizens navigating pathways of access and resistance on the ground, as well as authors who have faced some of the harshest calls for banning. Additionally, a representative from PEN America will speak about how we can support our targeted communities.
The event will culminate in a discussion with Ibram X. Kendi (How To Be An Antiracist), Nikole Hannah-Jones (The 1619 Project), and Nic Stone (Dear Martin), moderated by Dr. Emily Knox, associate professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences.
In this time of political polarization and where social justice is front and center in our consciousness, engaging many voices has never been more urgent. We hope you will join us.