Librotraficante: Modern Day Book Smugglers
Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Sponsors: Intellectual Freedom Committee, Social Responsibilities Roundtable, Ethics Committee
When Tucson Public Schools abolished Mexican American Studies, a group of writers formed the protest group, Librotraficante, to smuggle the banned books back into Tucson. Liana Lopez, a founding member, will discuss Librotraficante’s efforts to preserve and promote Mexican American Studies and the intellectual freedom challenges faced by minorities. Librotraficante won the 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom award given by the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Liana Lopez is a multiplatform journalist with experience writing, reporting and editing photography, audio and video in multiple digital formats. In March 2012, she co-created and implemented the Librotraficante Caravan campaign, a 1-week, 6-city tour that included events in each city and established 4 libraries. The campaign drew national attention earning New York Times and Houston Chronicle editorials. Liana produces and co-hosts Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say on 90.1 FM and www.KPFT.org (Pacifica Radio) in Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. The weekly broadcast highlights local, national and international authors, playwrights, composers, politicos, activists and artists.
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