Book Bans, Educational Gag Orders and Censorship: with Professor Mary Nolan

February 3, 2023

On Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm , the BTDC is proud to present a talk with NYU Professor of History Emerita, Mary Nolan. The event will be held at the Bernards Township Library 32 S. Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ. 

Professor Nolan’s talk on Book Bans, Educational Gag Orders and Censorship will outline the dimensions of the current culture wars taking place around K-12 institutions, colleges and universities, and libraries. It will examine the targets of educational gag orders, which include the concepts and books used to teach history and social studies, race and racism, and issues of gender and sexuality. It will examine as well struggles around control of school boards and the autonomy and job security of teachers. It will ask why the culture wars around education have become so intense in the last few years and will give an overview of both groups trying to limit what is taught and read and those who oppose such initiatives.

Mary Nolan is Professor of History Emerita at New York University. She works on twentieth-century European-American relations, on social and economic human rights in the age of neoliberalism and most recently on the gender politics of right radical populism in Europe.  She is the author of The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890-2010, Visions of Modernity: American Business and the Modernization of Germany and Social Democracy and Society: Working-class Radicalism in Düsseldorf, 1890-1920.   She coedited Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century; The University against Itself, and The Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties. She is on the editorial boards of Politics & Society and International Labor and Working-class History. She is a member of the American Association of University Professors and the American Historical Association. She is on the steering committee of Historians for Peace and Democracy and has helped compile The Culture Wars Against Education Archive

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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