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.

Uncensored Voices is a partnership between the ACLU of Nevada, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.