Week 12: Making Bold Choices: Intellectual Freedom and Censorship in a Participatory Culture

30 03 2011

We’ve led up to this week’s inquiry all semester. It began when you first raised an eyebrow over “strong language” or “mature content” in an Eva Perry short-listed novel and continued when we talked of which cultures should be represented in the canon. Frances Bradburn brings her experience as a librarian, book reviewer, instructional technology director for the state, program director for the New Schools Project, and chair of the very first Printz Committee, to the topic of intellectual freedom and censorship when we complete our “Bold Choices” inquiry at our next LIVE Class.

Please do share this invitation with others you think may be interested.

BANNED IN THE BOOKHENGE: Intellectual Freedom and Censorship in a Participatory Culture

Join Frances Bradburn, long-time advocate for young adult literature and now Project Director for the New Schools Project in North Carolina, in a discussion of how our participatory culture is challenging us to think in new ways about intellectual freedom and censorship

WHEN? Monday, April 4, from 8 to 9 pm ET.

WHERE? Bookhenge on USDLC’s beautiful Star Islad in Second Life
http://slurl.com/secondlife/USDLC%20Star%20Island/77/77/22 (Second Life browser will open if it’s installed on your computer)

Event will also be available on UStream. Go to www.bookosphere.net to view and participate in the chat.

Essential Question: What is our responsibility to our students, our profession, and our world when it comes to students’ right to read and the intellectual freedom to both consume and create media?

Assignments and Action Items:

1. Prepare for the live virtual seminar

See the “Making the Bold Choice” VoiceThread for Prompts and Readings. Culmination at live virtual seminar scheduled for Monday, April 4. Please plan on posting early (at the latest, Friday, April 1, 11:59 pm) so our guest speaker can review your commentaries and tailor the information she shares to our interests and needs.

2. Engage with Guest Speaker

Reflect and be ready to join the discussion with our guest speaker, Frances Bradburn, Chair of the first Printz Committee and now Program Director for the North Carolina New Schools Project (Monday, April 4).

3. Update your RAP (Reflective Assessment Portfolio)

Review and reflect upon your work this week in your RAP (Reflective Assessment Portfolio) by Tuesday, April 5, 11:59 pm.

Heads Up!

During our April 11th LIVE Class, we’ll discuss Melina Marchetta’s books and prepare our interview for her. If you check out the Book Club Central, you’ll see that the early birds have selected two books to read independently (Jellicoe Road, Karen and Looking for Alibrandi, Jen) while Linda aka CameraEye is pitching a book club for Saving Francesca. Those uncommitted have a choice of joining Linda for a book club or pitching a book club for The Piper’s Son.
Book Club Central —
http://bookhenge2011.wikispaces.com/Bookhenge+Book+Club+Wiki

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