Tuesday, September 20, 2011

READ OUT! on 9/29 with the New York Civil Liberties Union, University Club Foundation

Public is Invited to Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2011) highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. To mark this occasion, the University Club of Albany Foundation and the New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter will present ReadOut! on Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

Local actors, writers, poets, and community leaders will read brief excerpts from books that have been banned or challenged in America. This event is free and open to the public, light fare will be served, and drinks will be available. Readers will include community and environmental activist Reszin Adams; Sylvia Barnard, professor of Classics; Assemblymember John J. McEneny; musician Bob Resnick; Colleen Ryan, president of the Albany Roundtable; worker safety activist Janet Womatchka; actor and educator James Yeara and many others.

An additional ReadOut! program is slated for the Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

According to Joanna Palladino, a member of the NYCLU and an organizer of the event, “As Noam Chomsky said, ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.”

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.

The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event with the New York Civil Liberties Union, and one need not be a member of either organization attend. For more information, call the University Club at 518-463-1151.

The University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

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