September 23, 2014

Banned in Boston

From 'Banned in Boston' to Ethnic Studies in Arizona – Intellectual Freedom in America Today

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Woodbury Room
This program will explore the meaning of Banned Books Week and what censorship means, as well as looking at what gets "banned" in America these days.  Laura Quilter, a local librarian and information policy attorney, will lead a lively discussion of the law and politics of "banning books" -- from Comstockery through modern-day removal of identity studies curricula in Arizona and LGBT-themed children's books in public and school libraries. 

Laura Quilter is a librarian and information policy lawyer.  Her practice has included First Amendment, privacy, media, and intellectual property.  At UMass, she principally helps campus members with copyright and open access issues.  Laura speaks and teaches frequently, including teaching "Intellectual Freedom" to library science students.  

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223

More information about Banned Books Week can be found at