Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Read-in Against the Banning of Ethnic Studies Books

Wed, February 29, 2012 | West Mall in front of fountain @ University of Texas campus

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Teachers in Arizona are organizing a national "read-in" of books that have been banned by the Arizona government for use in K-12 classrooms. This is part of a national response to the attacks on Ethnic Studies curriculum which is occurring in several states (including Texas).

Several of us at UT are joining their read-in by organizing an event on campus. Please join us on February 29 (Wednesday) between 10 and 5 pm to at West Mall in front of the fountain to hear UT faculty, students and staff read aloud passages from the books banned in Arizona.

As a related initiative, there will be a book drive in support of the Librotraficante or “Wet Books” initiative to “smuggle” these banned books back into Arizona. There are boxes located at the Center for Mexican American Studies (WMB, 5th fl) and at the Department of American Studies (BUR, 4th fl); there will also be a table set up at the Read-In where these books can be donated. Books will be collected on the UT campus until Friday, March 9th. The Librotraficante caravan will be departing Houston on Mar.  12th and  stopping in San Antonio on the 13th, where the books that have been collected around UT will then be donated to caravan organizers . For more information on the Librotraficante initiative, please visit the website ( or contact

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Sponsored by: Center for Asian American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for Women & Gender Studies, La Colectiva Femenil, MEC Student Agencies

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