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“Misunderstood Titles: Stories about Censorship in the Old Pueblo” (exhibit)

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

Dates: September 24, 2012 - December 14, 2012

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Erica DeFrain | Cindy Elliott


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.

During Banned Books Week 2012, the University Libraries are hosting a number of free events exploring censorship issues in Tucson. All are invited to join the discussion on challenging censorship and celebrating our freedom to read.

“Misunderstood Titles: Stories about Censorship in the Old Pueblo” (exhibit)
What are some of the most frequently challenged books? Why was a book challenged? What groups led the challenge? All of these issues and more are explored in the Banned Books exhibit at the UA Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., on display from Sept. 24 – Dec. 14, 2012. UPDATE: This exhibit has ended.

The exhibit, “Misunderstood Titles: Stories about Censorship in the Old Pueblo,” highlights 100 books across five areas – classic literature, children’s books, best-selling novels, most challenged titles, and Mexican-American literature – that collectively explore the history of banned or challenged books. The exhibit also brings a local focus to the challenged book discussion by exploring recent debates regarding ethnic studies education in Arizona.

Misunderstood Titles: Related Lectures
Two lectures accompany the exhibit and offer an opportunity for community discussion about the local and national implications of censorship. Both lectures will be held in the UA Main Library, room a313, 1510 E. University Blvd.

Lecture I: On Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. a panel of local educators and scholars will lead a community talk, “Misunderstood Titles: A Panel Discussion about Censorship in the Old Pueblo.” Among the speakers are:

-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

Lecture II: On Thursday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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.