September 24, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, in cooperation with other community partners, will host a special event in honor of Banned Books Week on Thursday, September 26 focused on the censorship of books and speech that are accused of being “too sexually explicit.” Now in its fourth year, Uncensored Voices: Celebrating the Freedom to Read will feature dramatic readings and a panel of experts discussing whether society is preparing children for reality or fiction by limiting their access to knowledge.

“All too frequently, adults censor the answers to children’s questions about sexuality. So, authors have taken on the job of addressing issues of human sexuality through their books,” said Tod Story, Executive Director for the ACLU of Nevada. “Are parents and community leaders doing our children a disservice by teaching opinions rather than facts; superstition rather than science? Let's find out.”

Guest readers and panelists include:

  • Steve Sebelius, Political Columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Lisa Davis, On-Air Announcer for KNPR
  • Claytee White, Director of Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries
  • Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
  • Jeff Lovari, Public Relations Specialist
  • Tara Brosnan, Community Activist

What: Uncensored Voices: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
When: Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program.

Uncensored Voices is a partnership between the ACLU of Nevada, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Barnes & Noble, the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, the City of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Humanities, and the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

The ACLU of Nevada is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the defense and advancement of civil liberties and civil rights for all people in Nevada.