A Conversation on Censorship - National Council of Teachers of English

Conversations on Censorship

Virtual Event Series


Teachers, librarians, and other educators face challenges to books and curriculum at multiple levels. NCTE is partnering with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) to provide practical advice and support, beginning with a series of events on censorship.

To kick off this series, we assembled a panel of experts to discuss censorship both broadly and from their specific points of view as educators, authors, and censorship experts. The panel included NCTE president Alfredo Celedón Luján, NCAC director of programs Svetlana Mintcheva, author Nic Stone, and NCTE member Vikki Orepitan. The event took place on March 22, 2021.

From there, the series shifted to a focus on specific censorship-related topics such as race, gender, and rationales. The first workshop took place on April 26 and focused on race. The next workshop took place on June 21 and focused on preparing for curriculum challenges. The final workshop took place on September 23 and focused on challenges related to LGBTQ+ materials. As additional events are planned, this page will be updated.

You can learn more about NCTE and NCAC resources at our newly updated Intellectual Freedom Center webpage. In particular, please take some time to read The Free Expression Educators Handbook in order to familiarize yourself with the basics for educators.

Contact IntellectualFreedom@ncte.org with any questions or suggestions for future events or resources you may like to see.


2021 NCTE/NCAC events: