Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tucson's MAS Banned Book Club

Channel 4 Coverage Demonstrates "Narration Sickness" Freire Critiques

Yesterday, I attended the book club for books banned when Tucson High's Ethnic Studies program was outlawed. A Channel 4 camera crew documented book club's generative session in which the club engaged with the themes of the texts, often relating them to relevant sociopolitical contexts; however, the Channel 4 coverage creates a distorted depiction of the story, imposing a polemic argument that allows an un-credible, anonymous commentator to present a narrow perspective. News 4's coverage further inflames paranoia by allowing the voice in the shadows to shape the presentation of the story, juxtaposing an extremist voice in shadows with the well-spoken participants of the book club.


Read the Books and Check Out What the Club is About
Mexican American Studies Book Club

In January, 2012, the TUSD Governing Board voted to suspend the Mexican American Studies program. The books used in the program were collected from classrooms and put into storage. This book club will read and discuss some of those books. The purpose is to demonstrate, through the reading of these works, the value they have for youth in our community. The book discussions will be facilitated by Marissa M. Juarez, PhD from the University of Arizona. You can find some of the books at the library. All are available at

Reading schedule:
May 16: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
 by Paulo Freire

May 30: Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
 by Francisco Arturo Rosales

June 13: Borderlands/La Frontera
 by Gloria Anzaldua

June 27: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
 by Sherman Alexie

July 11: The House on Mango Street
 by Sandra Cisneros

July 25: The Devil's Highway: A True Story
 by Luis Alberto Urrea

August 8: Zigzagger
 by Manuel Munoz

Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone, Tucson AZ
Every other Wednesday starting May 16th
6:00 pm in the Children’s Meeting Room
Free program – teens and adults welcome - 791-4010

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