Banned Books Week at the University Library, Sonoma State University
September 25 - September 30, 2011
Banned Books Week is an annual event acknowledging the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Join the University Library and students and faculty of Sonoma State for a read-out of banned books on the ramp of the Schulz Information Center at noon on September 28, September 29, and September 30.
The read-outs will feature different readers reading from a banned book and discussing some of the reasons the title was banned or challenged. On Wednesday 9/28, students from the English Department's Young Adult Literature class will read from banned teen books. Thursday 9/29 will feature Dean Thaine Stearns, Arts and Humanities, and English professors Kim Hester-Williams and Brantley Bryant. On Friday, 9/30 readers will include professors Ben Ford, Math and faculty Chair, Margie Purser, Anthropology and Chair-Elect, and Laura Watt, Environmental Studies and Planning.
Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States and the world. This is an opportunity each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
For information on Banned Books:
Lists of banned and challenged books:
- Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
- Books & Authors - Banned by Someone, Somewhere, Sometime
- Books Banned in the United States
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression - Banned Books Week Handbook Online
- The Huffington Post - The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books