Conversations from the Virtual Valley for Banned Books Week

We are pleased to present another Conversation from the Virtual Valley with ALA and PEN America in celebration of Banned Books Week.

For our second broadcast, we engage our commitment to intellectual freedom, free expression, free speech, and solidarity with organizations which defend those, especially as they relate to the creative arts, civic literacy, and social change discourse.

This forty-minute Conversation features expert activists from two of our favorite advocacy and rights organizations along with CW’s own Andrew Tonkovich. From the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and sponsor of Banned Books Week, Ellie Diaz, Program Officer. And from PEN America, James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Research and Policy, and author of groundbreaking research, analysis and recommendations, most recently the report “Literature Locked Up: How Prison Book Restriction Policies Constitute the Nation’s Largest Book Ban.”

Please watch our commemorative broadcast celebrating Banned Books Week 2020, September 27 through October 3, and visit the websites of both PEN America and the ALA for more ways to be involved.

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