Duke in Pictures: Banned Books and Arizona's Anti-Ethnic Studies Law


Postdoctoral associate Victoria J. Hesford reads from a book banned by the Tucson, Ariz., school district for use in K-12 classrooms during a National Read-In day sponsored Wednesday in opposition to Arizona's anti-ethnic studies law.  The law removed nearly 100 books from Arizona classes, and spurred other states to consider similar policies restricting the study of ethnic history and culture. 

Among the books that were removed from the classroom were works by bell hooks, James Baldwin and Sherman Alexie.  Others including Chicano history and feminist texts.

The read-in was organized by Arizona teachers.  More than a dozen Duke teachers and students took part in the read-in in the Perkins Library lobby.

Photo by Camille Jackson.