NCAC was held its annual Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders on the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. 


NCAC will honor several individuals for their courage in defending First Amendment principles:

Marc Brown, creator of the bestselling Arthur and Postcards from Buster books, and the award-winning PBS series, for encouraging tolerance and speaking our against censorship.

Preeta Bansal, Allison Levine, and Dvir Oren of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, for representing NCAC pro bono in the United States Supreme Court in Morse v. Frederick
» Read NCAC’s Amicus Curiae brief in Morse v. Frederick

Bonnie Dickinson & The Students of Theater Arts II, Spring 2007, from Wilton High School for their courage in writing and performing "Voices in Conflict."
» Learn more about Voices in Conflict

NCAC will also honor the achievements of Marvin Rich, a lifelong advocate for civil rights and freedom of expression.
Read a profile of Marvin Rich by Joe Wershba in the August 15, 1961 edition of the NY Post

The evening will also feature a screening the winning short films made by teen filmmakers on the topic: "How Does Censorship Affect Me?" Watch last year’s winning films on YouTube!

Event Committee

NCAC is deeply grateful for the hard work and support of the following individuals:

Chair: Michael Pietsch, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group USA

Honorary Chairs:
Judy Blume, Award winning author
James Cromwell, Actor
Jane Friedman, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide
Chip Gibson
, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books
Donald & Shelley Rubin, Co-Chairs, Rubin Museum of Art