Book Bans

Censor, Cancel, Condemn: On the Front Lines of the Book Ban Wars

Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee for a panel discussion that offers insights about a new wave of censorship emerging in school districts and libraries across the country.

Book bans and educational gag orders have made their way from online discussion boards to state-wide legislation. The targets of these censorship efforts often include representations of disenfranchised groups or aspects of U.S. history deemed to be ‘un-American’.

On our panel, we’ll be joined by individuals from the Milwaukee area who have direct experience with these renewed efforts to silence diverse voices in our communities. Through their perspectives, we’ll garner a greater picture of what is at stake in this moment.

DATE: Thursday, March 30, 2023
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Jewish Museum Milwaukee
COST: Museum Members $8 | Nonmembers $15
BUNDLE AND SAVE: Museum Members $20 | Nonmembers $35

Dori Frankel Steigman & Jason Steigman

Vince Tripi III, Director of Education & Outreach, Milwaukee Pride

Vince Tripi is a leader in community and corporate education from Milwaukee, WI. Professionally, he is an instructional design manager devoted to driving behavioral change through meaningful learning experiences, specializing in complex software systems. Vince was named among the 2022 Top 25 Emerging Training Leaders by Training magazine. A double-alum of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Vince holds a master’s degree in administrative leadership and a bachelor’s degree in middle and high school education. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the UWM LGBT Resource Center for campus and system-level diversity leadership.

Vince knows the power of volunteerism: he’s an Eagle Scout, provides HIV counseling at a free clinic, and trains adult leaders of non-profit youth programs. He’s spoken at universities across the country (and at Google’s New York HQ) on queerness in the media and how LGBTQ people can cultivate career success. As Director of Education & Outreach for Milwaukee Pride, the organization that puts on PrideFest, Vince programs and organizes engaging participatory community education presentations and events on LGBTQ+ history, culture, and advocacy; and develops the vision, strategy, and operations for public history exhibits.

Ron Kuramoto, President of the Japanese American Citizens League-Wisconsin Chapter

Ron Kuramoto is a facilitator, leadership development trainer, and consultant specializing in governance, management, and cultural agility training for nonprofit and community-based organizations. For over four decades, he has served on Boards of Directors and staff of numerous nonprofit organizations throughout both the Southern California and Milwaukee areas. Ron recently served as Executive Director of Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, a nonprofit organization which trains youth and adults through methods of non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking to “Increase the Peace” throughout lives, families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Ron currently serves as President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – Wisconsin Chapter. Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest national Asian Pacific American civil rights organization that works to promote diversity, equality, and social justice for Japanese American and Asian Pacific American communities throughout the United States. He also serves on the Executive and Education Committees of the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee.

Paula Phillips, Director – Equity Operations, Milwaukee County Office of Equity

Paula Phillips’s mission is to actively build a society where all of us are seen, heard and cared for. She first came to Milwaukee to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Milwaukee. Much of her career focused on promoting diverse leadership, empowering women and strategic planning for systemic change at organizations like the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, and City Year Milwaukee. Paula served a four-year term as an elected member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors from 2017-2021, representing over 74,000 constituents and overseeing a $1.2B budget. She continues to serve as local advisory board chair for Public Allies Wisconsin, co-chair for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Racial Equity Fund, City Year Milwaukee Board Member, City of Milwaukee Arts Board member and Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation board member.

Paula is a proud first-generation Filipina American and college graduate who received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics with a global health certificate from the UW-Madison. She lives on Milwaukee’s southwest side with her spouse and two young children.

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