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Published on Jul 25, 2012
At the 2012 American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee co-sponsored the program on the Tuscon ethnic studies ban. Speakers: • Adriana McCleer, doctoral student at the University of WI-Milwaukee School of Information Studies will discuss her research project on the elimination of Mexican American Studies programs;
• Carmen Tafolla, author and Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX will discuss what banning means to the student population and the importance of studying and reading about the issues that reflect reality in their broader world;
• Oralia Garza de Cortes, from REFORMA, will provide her expertise on the impact of Ethnic Studies at TUSD; and
• Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, will talk about the Librotraficante Movement and how it was responsible for smuggling 1,000 books across the Southwest and ending in Tucson, AZ as a way to defy Arizona House Bill 2281.