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USA: Events around banned books, censored theatre and hate speech

22 August 2014

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On 21 August 2014, the National Coalition Against Censorship published the following newsletter with information about a series of interesting, upcoming events in New York City on free speech, banned books, censored theatre and hate speech:


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COMEDY, CONVERSATION AND CONTROVERSY:
LEWIS BLACK, KATE CLINTON AND LIZZ WINSTEAD

Monday, 8 September 2014, 7pm @ 92nd Street Y

A mix of traditional comedy and creative interplay among the artists, this event will showcase why the intersection of politics, social criticism and old-fashioned outrage is sometimes the funniest place to be after all. Don’t miss the comedy event of the season—it is sure to be seriously funny! Brought to you by NCAC’s coalition partner, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more and purchase your tickets today.


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BANNED BOOKS WEEK and BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
21-27 September – Sunday, 21 September 2014, 10am-6pm @ Brooklyn Borough Hall

Sponsored in part by NCAC and eleven other organizations drawing attention to the problem of book censorship, Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country mount displays of challenged books and host a variety of events. NCAC kicks off the celebration, which this year focuses on graphic novels and comic books, on Sunday, September 21 at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Come find NCAC’s booth at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, where you can browse our catalog of challenged literature, play our banned books trivia game, or record a video read-out of your favorite tome. Gear up by checking out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook, NCAC’s Myths of Banned Books, or this video of writers weighing in on your right to read, produced by our friends at Open Road Integrated Media.


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“BANNED BROADWAY PROJECT” FROM TADA!
Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 September 2014, 8pm @ TADA! Youth Theatre

TADA! Youth Theater in partnership with NCAC and Banned Books Week celebrates censored musicals and plays with two special “Banned Broadway” performances featuring the talents of TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble. The performances will include renowned hits such as Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik, Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori, Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim, The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman, and Rent by Jonathan Larson. The presentation will culminate with a panel discussion on censorship in theatre following the Friday evening performance. Tickets are FREE and can be reserved by emailing boxoffice@tadatheater.com or at the door. Reservations are recommended.


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A SPIKED PUBLIC DEBATE: SHOULD EVEN HATE SPEECH BE FREE SPEECH?
Thursday, 30 October 2014, 7:30pm @ The Jerome L Greene Performance Space

Are some words and ideas just too hateful for public life? In the US, there might not be actual laws against hate speech, but the idea that hateful speech is harmful is gaining ground, especially on campuses, where students find themselves censored for “harassing” people with their words and ideas. The UK-based Spiked hosts this public debate featuring Nadine Strossen, former ACLU President, Greg Lukianoff, president of FEN member FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Wendy Kaminer, lawyer, author and free speech advocate. Not just a feisty discussion on hate speech, the event is also a rallying cry—a chance to meet other free speech campaigners from across the ideas spectrum and globe. Stay tuned for more details.


» Source: National Coalition Against Censorship

 


» National Public Radio (USA) – 27 September 2014:
Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word
by Scott Simon

 

American Civil Liberties Union:
Banned Books Week
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