Banned Books 2014
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Bookman's Virtual Read-Out Video celebrating many banned books throughout literature.
Banned by Being Burned
Banned for Promoting "Economic Fallacies" and Socialist Ideas
Banned for Glorifying "Drinking, Cursing and Pre-marital Sex"
Winner of the National Book Award
Banned Books Celebration September 10-25
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website at www.ala.org/bbooks, or www.bannedbooksweek.org.
Come visit the EGSC Library's display of banned books available for you to check out and read!
EGSC Banned Books Lecture Series
Banned Books Lecture Series
Sponsored by the EGSC Library
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 PM—Professor Jessica Palumbo
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Thursday, September 11, 4:00PM—Dr. Armond Boudreaux
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Wednesday, September 17, 4:00PM—Dr. Eric Wruck
The Psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud
Thursday, September 18, 4:00PM—Professor Desmal Purcell
Captain Underpants and The Amazing Spiderman: The Banning of Graphic
Novels and Comic Books
Wednesday, September 24, 4:00PM—Professor Steve Lavender
Ulysses by James Joyce
Thursday, September 25, 4:00PM—Dr. Alan Brasher
Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
Join EGSC Humanities and Social Sciences professors as they lecture on banned books, both new and classic, and the topic of censorship in literature and art. All lectures will take place in the Learning Commons room J503. For more information click here.
Members of the community are invited to attend.
Banned for Promoting the Occult & for Being Anti-Family
Banned for Being Blasphemous
Banned for Being Too Scary
Despite its accolades and critical praise, Maus has been challenged for being “anti-ethnic” and “unsuitable for younger readers.”
In a 2012 article on ICv2, Nick Smith of the Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena, California, writes about a challenge to Maus:
"In the library world, books are challenged all the time, mostly for making someone uncomfortable with their own view of the world. In our library system, Maus was challenged over its portrayal of the Poles. The challenge was made by a Polish-American who is very proud of his heritage, and who had made other suggestions about adding books on Polish history, for our library’s collection, so it was not out of the blue. The thing is, Maus made him uncomfortable, so he didn’t want other people to read it. That is censorship, as opposed to parental guidance." -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Banned for Being "Profane," "Vulgar" & "Anti-American"
Which book would YOU ban?
Which of the following books would you ban from the EGSC library?
Banned for Explicit Language
Banned for Being Anti-Christian
One of the most recent, and highly criticized, reports of banning the work occurred in Alamagordo, New Mexico in 2001. A local group claimed the books were satanic and promoting witchcraft, and consequently, set about burning a large cache of the books outside the Christ Community Church.--Banned Books Awareness Project
Banned for Insensitivity to Racial Issues and "Coarse Language"
Despite Hemingway’s assurances, Huckleberry Finn remains one of the most challenged books in the U.S. In 1998, parents in Tempe, Ariz., sued the local high school over the book’s inclusion on a required reading list. The case went as far as a federal appeals court; the parents lost. -- TIME.com