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Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Welcome to the 2013 Banned Books Week research guide!

Browse each tab to find resources on banned books, censorship, and more.

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Readings in the McWherter Rotunda


This is the schedule for the McWherter Library's 2013 Banned Book Readings held in the rotunda every year: 

Monday, September 23

11:30—12:00      Dr. Lorinda Cohoon, Associate English Professor     

                            The Beast of Monsieur Racine, Tomi Ungerer

12:00—12:30      Dr. Sylverna Ford, University Libraries

                           Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Tuesday, September 24

11:30—12:00      Dr. Rosie Bingham, Vice President of Student Affairs

                            I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

12:00—12:30      Dr. Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs

                           The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

12:301:00         Moira Logan, Associate Dean, CCFA

                            The Giver, Lois Lowry

Wednesday, September 25

11:30—12:00      Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, History Department Chair      

                            The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

12:00—12:30      Rachel Leigh Smith, English Graduate Associate President      

                            The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

12:301:00         Dr. Beverly Tsacoyianis, Assistant Professor of History

                            Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Thursday, September 26

 11:30—12:00      Ricky Kirby, SGA President      

                             The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

 12:00—12:30      Kaitlin Duckett, GSA President      

                             To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

 12:301:00         Dr. Richard Scott, Counseling Center, SafeZone

                             Rainbow Road, Alex Sanchez

 1:001:30           Lisa Elaine Babb, Editor-in-Cheif, The Daily Helmsman

                              Native Son, Richard Wright

Friday, September 27

11:30—12:00      Steve Knowlton, University Libraries     

                            Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), Charles Baudelaire 

12:00—12:30      Alice Berry, Theatre Department      

                            Book TBA     

12:301:00        Dr. John Evans, University Libraries

                            Ulysses, James Joyce

1:001:30         Jason Miller, AMUM

                           Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut 


Virtual Read-Outs at Memphis Public Library

What Is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association which celebrates the freedom to read, and defends our freedom of speech and the free and open access to information. Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read whatever we want, whether controversial or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of this celebration. 2013 will mark the 31st year of Banned Books Week.

Defend the Freedom to Read

Do your part: Report challenges or removals of books confidentially to the American Library Association.

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