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AOM PNP PLENARY! Navigating censorship: Workers at the front line

  • 1.  AOM PNP PLENARY! Navigating censorship: Workers at the front line

    Posted 07-30-2023 21:10

    Navigating censorship: Workers at the front line


    Monday August 7, 2023

    10:00 -11:30am

    Whittier Room, Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA



    Erynn Beaton

    Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

    The Ohio State University


    Maura Deedy

    Library Advisor Specialist

    Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


    Ra'Shaun Nalls

    Director of Community Engagement, T.C. Chan School of Public Health

    Harvard University


    James E. Wright II

    Assistant Professor, Askew School of Public Administration, Florida State University

    Co-Director, Social Justice Innovation Lab


    Organized and moderated by:

    Amy E. Smith, University of Massachusetts Boston

    Deneen M. Hatmaker, University of Connecticut

    Russell Hassan, The Ohio State University


    Frontline workers increasingly find themselves embroiled in very public debates and controversies focused on censorship. In recent years challenges to intellectual freedom, speech censorship, calls to ban books, constraints on academic curricula, and the regulation of social media participation have intensified. These demands originate from a multitude of sources, including citizens, elected officials and government agencies. While these restrictions are hotly contested in the policy arena, it is those on the frontlines - librarians, teachers, health care providers, social workers and many other public and nonprofit, and even for-profit, employees – that must navigate this censorship in their day-to-day work. Placing employees front and center requires attention to the impact of such constraints on frontline workers. How do these essential workers navigate this quagmire while serving constituents, maintaining their professional values and working towards their organizational mission?


    This panel will explore how censorship and restrictions on intellectual freedom manifest in organizations and professions and what this means for public and nonprofit workers. Questions and audience discussion to follow. This session is open to all #AOM2023 conference attendees.


    A close-up of a logo  Description automatically generated   Sponsorship was provided by the University of Connecticut School of Public Policy.