From Banning to Burning: The Cost of Restricting Access to Books

The James L. Curtis Institute for Race and Belonging, the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service, and the Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project invite you explore the human cost of organized efforts to limit access to books. The Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project will share film clips of Nazi book burning and Holocaust survivor testimony about their impact, raising questions about government efforts to control culture. Because literacy is liberation, the Curtis Institute will show how anti-literacy laws have had a lasting impact on the literacy rates for communities of color in the United States. The Ford Institute will invite participants to propose ways to advocate for inclusive and equitable policies and practices that protect access to ideas and information. This event will take place Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 p.m. in the Albion College Library.