|U of M Library Will Host Readings from Banned Books Sept. 25-29
For release: Sept. 12, 2006
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In observance of Banned Books Week, the University of Memphis' Ned R. McWherter Library will host readings all week by faculty, staff, students, and others from books that have been challenged by people who were opposed to their content or books that have been banned from public access in the United States .
Readings will be held in the McWherter Library rotunda beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing into the early afternoon from Monday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 29.
The readings will be from books that were considered controversial at some time in American history. Selections will include The Rights of Man, In the Night Kitchen, The Tropic of Cancer, Lord of the Flies, James and the Giant Peach, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
A "virtual" panel discussion will introduce Banned Books Week on Monday, Sept. 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Room 226 of the McWherter Library. "A Celebration of Intellectual Freedom and Access!" will feature a videoconference with frequently banned authors Chris Crutcher and Sonya Sones, as well as Kent Oliver, American Library Association intellectual freedom expert.
Admission to all events is free, and the public is invited to attend.
The University's participation in the nationwide project will help call attention to the importance of the rights of free speech and free expression.For more information, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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