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Censorship Unbound: A Panel on Book Bans and the Right to Read in K-8 Schools and Libraries

Censorship Unbound: A Panel on Book Bans and the Right to Read in K-8 Schools and Libraries In-Person

An author, a public librarian, a teacher, and a local parent will dialogue about the rise of book censorship and ways to navigate it in schools and libraries. The panel will be moderated by Adam Crawley, Assistant Teaching Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. A public reception and book signing will follow the panel. The event launches the 2023 Children's Book Festival hosted by the CU School of Education and is in partnership with CU's Center for the Humanities and the Arts. The event is free, and registration is required.

To register and for more information, visit the CU Children's Book Festival website.

Wednesday, Oct 25 2023
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Canyon Theater, Main Library

  Adult     All ages     School Age     Teen     Tween  
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Adam Crawley, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Literacy Studies in the University of Colorado-Boulder School of Education. Prior to joining CU, Adam was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University. He earned his PhD at the University of Georgia and was an elementary teacher in public schools for 12 years. Adam is the faculty co-chair of the 2023 CU Children’s Book Festival. His teaching, research, and service focus on the use and censorship of culturally diverse children's literature in elementary contexts, especially related to LGBTQ+ representations.

Launched in 2019, the CU Children’s Book Festival is an annual event bringing culturally diverse and award-winning authors to Boulder to connect with local audiences.

The festival’s mission is to: 1) connect children to authors and books to build reading motivation, 2) support teachers’ use of children’s literature in their classrooms and family reading at home, and 3) engage CU School of Education preservice and in-service teachers in creating educational resources and participating in a literacy outreach event. The Children’s Book Festival is organized by a committee of university faculty and staff along with community volunteers.

Supported by a grant through the CU Office for Outreach and Engagement – and in partnership with the Boulder Book Store – the festival includes various events, including educator resources created by CU students, author visits to local elementary schools, and two live-streamed children’s author panels. We encourage you to register for and attend the virtual panels that will occur on Friday, October 27! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.colorado.edu/event/bookfest

The CU Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) offers annual fellowships and grants to faculty and graduate students, supports interdisciplinary initiatives, co-sponsors events in departments across campus, and brings prominent humanists and artists to campus for public lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. With the help of its distinguished Community Advisory Board and Faculty Steering Committee, the CHA seeks to organize events in which faculty, students, and the community can exchange ideas and learn from one another.

The CHA belongs to the communities it serves. We invite all of you – faculty, students, and members of the public – to visit us in beautiful Macky Auditorium and to bring us your ideas.

The panel on October 25 is a partnership with the CU Center for Humanities and the Arts as part of their 2023-2024 theme "Liberty, Freedom, Democracy: The Fight for Ideas".