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Preview The Big Read With Thought-Provoking Panel Discussion on Censorship

Redwood City, CA - February 14 , 2007 - As a preview of the month-long “The Big Read” event, Redwood City and Montalvo Arts Center offer a provocative and insightful panel discussion entitled, “Bleep This: Censorship 21st Century Style." The community is invited to experience this thought-provoking discussion and hear informed, opinionated panelists shed light on this critical issue. It takes place on February 22nd, 2007 at 7:30 pm, at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

A censor is traditionally defined as, “An official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.” Some may believe that in today’s world, censorship is rare. Today’s technology, however, offers both instant, global communication and the capacity for censorship on an unprecedented scale. Clearly, censorship in the 21st century is no longer merely the concern of those in the arts or media.

These and other matters will be discussed by panelists:

The Big Read invites the community to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – the classic novel of censorship and defiance which is as resonant today as when it was published nearly 50 years ago - and then join in various free, public events throughout March. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Montalvo Arts Center and the City of Redwood City, and is designed to restore reading as a subject of community conversation by engaging both key literary works and the larger concerns of our time such as censorship and dissent.

Details are available at or Throughout March, The Big Read offers movies, book discussions, “meet the author” events, kids’ storytimes, book-making workshop, panels, seminars - something for every member of the family to enjoy together, including a live interview with author Ray Bradbury (via satellite). The month’s activities conclude with the “Fair on the Square” outdoor family festival in Courthouse Square from noon to 4 pm on Saturday March 31 st. This event is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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Rosalind Kutler
Redwood City Public Library

Leslie Zane
Montalvo Arts Center

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