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Ducks Read Books Banned in Arizona

The State of Arizona has passed legislation banning the Mexican American Ethnic Studies curriculum from state primary and secondary schools, and legislators are now targeting the state university system. The list of books banned from the schools includes many of the classics of US Latino literature, and even Shakespeare’s The Tempest. (See a list of banned books, coverage in Daily Beast on the ban and its effects).

A coalition of UO and community groups is coming together to show solidarity with the students and educators of Arizona and raise consciousness about the issue by giving a public reading of the banned works. A selection of the banned titles will be available for purchase from the Duck Store at the event.

This reading is organized by The Department of Romance Languages, and co-sponsored by the Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Comparative Literature, Political Science, the Program in Latin American Studies, The Migration Project of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Department of Education Studies of the College of Education, MEChA, and the Eugene Public Library.

All are invited to come hear, first hand, some of the texts that have been censored in Arizona’s schools. Readings will include selections from books by Howard Zinn, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Gloria Anzaldúa, William Shakespeare, and others.

Media coverage of the May 1 (2012) event included a KLCC News interview and short spot with Prof. David Wacks, a feature in the Oregon Daily Emerald, a video interview in the Oregon Daily Emerald also with Wacks, a KEZI TV news feature, and photos from Dean Walton’s UO Campus Flickr photostream of Prof. Amalia Gladhart, Prof. Ernesto Martínez (Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies), and the EMU Amphitheater.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012
EMU Amphitheater
, University of Oregon Campus (corner of E 13th and University)