bbqanda_web.jpgThis event is free and open to the public.

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where: UFCU Student Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library at The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: The University of Texas Libraries and the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin will be hosting a First Amendment panel discussion in recognition of Banned Books Week.

“Texas Banned Books: Questions and Answers” (TXBBQ&A) will be an interactive roundtable discussion about the real, relevant state of censorship in Texas. The conversation will center on Texas schools and values, books in prison, freedom of the press and the right to read.

Maley Thompson of the Department of English will moderate the discussion among five distinguished panelists:

  • Donnis Baggett, The Texas Press Association
  • Acacia O’Connor, The National Coalition Against Censorship
  • Scott Medlock, The Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Lilia Rosas, Red Salmon Press & Resistencia Bookstore
  • Rocío Villalobos, MonkeyWrench Books, Multicultural Engagement Center & Rise Up/Levanta Texas

Banned Books Week is recognized annually as a celebration of the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to banned and challenged books. The campaign was founded in 1982 by prominent First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug, and is sponsored by a collection of organizations related to literature and literacy including the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Banned Books Week occurs September 22 – 28, 2013