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“Misunderstood Titles: A Panel Discussion about Censorship in the Old Pueblo” (lecture)

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

Date: October 3, 2012

Times: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Erica DeFrain | Cindy Elliott


Celebrate Banned Books Week by participating in a number of free events exploring censorship issues in Tucson. All are invited to view the exhibition, attend the lectures, and join the discussion on challenging censorship and celebrating our freedom to read.

In “Misunderstood Titles: A Panel Discussion about Censorship in the Old Pueblo,” four local educators and scholars will lead a discussion about the implications of censorship. The panel discussion, which takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the UA Main Library room a313, will include perspectives from:

-Bob Diaz, Associate Librarian, UA Special Collections
-Kay Mathiesen, Assistant Professor, UA School of Information Resources & Library Science
-Patricia M. Overall, Associate Professor, UA School of Information Resources & Library Science
-Roberto Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, UA Department of Mexican American Studies

A second Banned Books Week lecture takes place on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. when Robert A. Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies at the UA Rogers College of Law, will speak about his most recent book, “Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization.” A book sale and signing follow the talk.

The exhibit and accompanying lectures were coordinated by the University Libraries with support from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and the Tucson chapter of REFORMA, an association that promotes library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of your freedom to read at the University Libraries during Banned Books Week, Sep. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012! Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event promoted by the American Library Association that serves to celebrate the freedom to read and to remind Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.