Despite our collective lip service to free speech, censorship is part of the fabric of everyday life in America.
From banned and challenged books in public and school libraries, to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system, to Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings on video games, to community challenges against the arts, the First Amendment rights of authors and artists, and the rights of the public to access media of their choice, are routinely threatened.
In recognition of Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2015), this exhibit explores materials in the University of North Texas Libraries’ unique collections that have been threatened by censorship. The exhibit highlights recent efforts at censorship in Texas, movie and video game censorship, art censorship, frequently challenged classics, and graphic novels and young adult literature.
The UNT Libraries support the general principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights. These materials are available to all members of the university community and the wider public. Click for an index of all books from UNT Libraries collections included in the display.
The exhibit was curated by Jennifer Stayton and Spencer Keralis with contributions from the Music Library, Media Library, and Government Documents.