Events

Collaborating with faculty, departments and centers from across the university, as well as colleagues at other institutions, the Center for the Humanities sponsors a lively events program on a wide range of topics. Please see the calendar below for information on forthcoming events. 

Freedom to Read: Panel Discussion on the Growing Movement to Ban Books and the Rising Threat to Democracy

To date, 137 bills have been introduced in 37 U.S. states that limit which books can be taught to students, as documented by PEN America. By using the power of government to restrict access to a wide range of stories and ideas, these laws threaten the freedom of speech that lies at the heart of our democracy. They have also put librarians, school administrators and teachers on the defensive. But there are ways to counter this effort to shut down the circulation of ideas. Join us for a discussion between Jonathan Friedman (PEN America) and Linda E. Johnson (President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library) on the growing movement to ban books, the impact of this censorship on writers and readers, and what you can do to support the freedom to read.