Lansdowne public librarian Abbe Klebanoff came to us last week, dismayed over Sony’s censorship of a video she and her students had made to encourage teens to read. The video takes Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and transformed the song into “Read It”, with a dance to boot. When the kids tried to upload the video […]
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NCAC and nine partner organizations came together on a Kids’ Right to Read Project letter to the Guilford School District in Greensboro, NC. The letter advised the district to stay strong and continue to follow its policies in the face of recent complaints over "The Handmaid’s Tale", "Cat’s Cradle" and other texts used in AP English classes. Parents in the district have complained that the texts "denigrate Christianity."
Don’t mess with Abbe Klebanoff, the head of public services for Pennsylvania’s Lansdowne Public Library. She encouraged teens to create a music video called “Read It” to the music of Michael Jackson’s song, “Beat It,” and posted it on YouTube. What followed was predictable—Sony objected and took it down, claiming copyright infringement. The passionate Klebanoff, who […]
Art Institutions Facing Controversy: fear, self-censorship, and the commitment to curatorial and artistic freedom. Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5:30-7 PM in Murray Hill Suite, 2nd Floor at the Hilton New York.