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Talking About Censorship: A Discussion About Banning Books in a Free & Open Society

Libraries and schools across the nation are asked to remove books from their shelves on a regular basis. During 2021, the American Library Association saw more book banning attempts than they’d seen in the past 20 years. Why are we seeing so many challenges? What are the trends? And what can we do to keep our libraries and schools free from censorship?

This event will be broadcasted live on our Facebook page. Questions? Contact Heidi Brett.


Rebekah Cummings, Digital Matters Interim Director, Associate Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah


Catherine Bates, Teacher Librarian, Brighton High School

Lauren Liang, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Utah

Richard Price, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Coordinator of Queer Studies, Weber State University

Katie Wegner, Salt Lake County Library Assistant Branch Manager (Sandy), Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Co-Chair

Other Banned Books events:

Book Discussion “Cheap Speech” by Richard Hasen
Wednesday, September 14, 2 – 3 P.M.
In person: Faculty Center, Level 1
J. Willard Marriott Library
Via Zoom: Register Here

Banned Books Table Trivia:
Treats, Trivia, & Books
Wednesday, September 21,
11 A.M. – 1 P.M.
J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 2

Exhibition: Practicing Freedom at the U of U
Location: Exhibit at Marriott Library, Level 2 from Sept 12, 2022 until January 2023
Description: From a student bill of rights to organized protests and sit-ins, U of U students have practiced free speech and academic freedom rights in significant ways.

  • Julie
    Posted at 17:06h, 13 September Reply

    This is fantastic. Is there a virtual option for this?

    • Marriott Library
      Posted at 18:33h, 13 September Reply

      Yes, we will be streaming this to our Facebook page and it will be archived there for viewing as well. You can watch it live when it starts by visiting

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