LAS VEGAS, NV – The ACLU of Nevada, in cooperation with other community partners, will host a special event in honor of Banned Books Week on Saturday, October 6th focused on the censorship of books, speech, and digital media. Now in its third year, Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom will feature dramatic readings and a panel of experts discussing how censorship is still prevalent in today’s world.
“In both the history books and in the headlines, censorship is a concept that touches everyone. From classic literature to the latest video posted on YouTube, there have been--and continue to be--those who would block information and constrict the flow of ideas through human society,” said program coordinator Phil Hooper. “Uncensored Voices will be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening that explores these themes.”
Special guests include:
- Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal Political Columnist
- Tony Diaz, the founder of Librotraficante (Book Smugglers)—a nationwide movement building “underground libraries” in response to educational censorship in Arizona
- Trevor Timm, an Activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization on the front lines of the battle for digital free speech rights
• Augustine Romero, Arizona civil rights activist and an expert in diversity in education
- Jeanne Price, Director of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law
What: Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom
When: Saturday, October 6th, 7-9PM
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, along with a sale of banned/challenged books courtesy of Barnes & Noble.