Banned Books Behind Bars

Independent research examining policies and practices to ban books and restrict access to information in US prisons and other carceral environments. This work situates book banning practices and the restriction of information within systems of white supremacy and racial oppression, tying these policies and practices to the history of Black enslavement in the US, geographies of racial terror and violence, and the everpresent school-to-prison pipeline. It further explores the significance of book banning on incarcerated people and how restricting access to information supports the privatized prison industrial complex — not public safety or the public good.
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War in Ukraine: Race, Racism, and Racial Identity in the Eastern Bloc

In collaboration with Zach Claybaugh. At the onset of the war, when Ukranians began to seek refuge in neighboring nations, Black and POC Ukranians and immigrants reported racial violence and discrimination. This page explores the conflict between Ukraine and Russia through a racial lens and examines the racial biases in media coverage. It provides sources and resources on Black history and racial identity-making in Eastern Europe.
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Juneteenth: A Virtual Celebration Guide

Co-authored by Fyansia Nsilo-Swai. This virtual celebration guide provides historical contextualization for Juneteenth, which has been proclaimed a federal holiday in the US and a state holiday in Connecticut. It contains sources and resources to support self-directed learning and community fellowship in celebration and honor of this long-held African American holiday.
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CRTcollective

Our vision as an evolving international collective is to provide an inclusive outlook on critical race theory with roots in historical representation and ethical considerations to engage and encourage continuous dialogue and scholarship. We hope to build a collaborative movement of intellectual advocates and activists addressing injustice.

The CRTcollective is serving as the 2022 editorial team for Education for Information (EFI) journal’s second annual special issue on race in information studies.


Intellectual Freedom on Lock Down: Book Banning in US Prisons

Intellectual Freedom on Lock Down: Book Banning in US Prisons

Intellectual freedom is a right frequently denied to people in carceral systems. Access to information is a form of privilege and, therefore, power. This 2021 Banned Books Week virtual display examines the proliferation of prison book banning in its various forms and highlights a small selection of banned books available in the University of Florida Libraries.
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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida

Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida is a pilot project of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. The project seeks to elevate the position of Black history within the Digital Humanities through community-anchored collaboration. The project culminated in a two-day workshop at the University of Florida in July 2019.
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Incarceration + COVID-19 Global News Project

Incarceration + COVID-19: Sourcing the crowd for global news information on incarcerated populations during COVID-19

This crowd-sourcing document captures global news information pertaining to incarcerated populations in prisons, jails, and detention centers during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Workspace: A Research Planner Workbook
Streamline your research project and get organized with this free workbook.
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