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 planned workshop for the year will be occur September 23 and focus on challenges related to LGBTQ+ materials.
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.
NCTE membership is required for participation in these events. To learn more, or to become a member, please visit our website. These are virtual events held via Zoom. The link to join each event will be emailed to the registration address 24 hours before the event, and a reminder email will be sent one hour before our start time.
Conversations on Censorship: Workshops
Our next workshop will focus on challenges to LGBTQ+ materials. It will take place from 7:00 – 8:30p.m. ET on September 23.
These workshops are free for NCTE members and participation is limited to 25 people. For each event, interested NCTE members should email their name, the grade level they teach, their location, and the reason for which they are interested in attending to IntellectualFreedom@ncte.org.
If we receive more than 25 requests to participate, we will create a waiting list. Individuals on the waiting list will be notified on a rolling basis if space becomes available. Please email us to express your interest by September 17, 2021. Final confirmation of attendance will be sent on September 20, 2021.
The Conversations on Censorship series provides highly practical opportunities for NCTE members to work holistically in small groups on issues of censorship. Participants exchange expertise in a peer-to-peer format, and conversations are entirely confidential.
Each workshop begins with a presentation from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), giving an overview of NCAC and NCTE resources, current cases, and important information for educators dealing with issues of censorship focused on the specific topic of that workshop. Participants then share their own experiences, concerns, and/or case studies that fit the topic so we can discuss all aspects of censorship cases, from planning to challenge to resolution.
You will make connections with fellow educators and with NCTE and NCAC staff. You will leave the event equipped with new knowledge and a supportive network that you can draw on in the years to come.
If you have ideas for other topics you would like to explore in future events, please email us at IntellectualFreedom@ncte.org.
Previous events in this series: