What’s behind a recent wave of censorship in schools?
Around the country, at school board meetings, in state legislatures, and in some local libraries, books are facing challenges, and many of the books being challenged have to do with race. Other books are generating attention from some parents because of sexual themes, but those books also happen to be by LGBTQ authors.
To talk about this rise in book censorship, what’s behind it, and how it impacts which lived experiences get shared in classrooms, we were joined by the editor of an independent editorial book site, as well as professors of library science and comparative literature.
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Author, Book Banning in 21st Century America
Editor, Book Riot
Brett Ashley Kaplan
Professor, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies | Director, Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"Why do I choose to teach 'Beloved' and 'Maus'? Because it is through carefully crafted art that we can begin to see others. And when we do that, we are less likely to cause harm, more likely to care," writes UI Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan. https://t.co/WzKHe5Qh3i— The News-Gazette (@news_gazette) February 3, 2022
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