Celebrating Banned Books at University of Arizona

Well we didn’t ban any books at the Banned Books Week event at the U of A this week. We tried to come up with titles we would want to ban, but always found a reason not let them be.  For the most part, the best reason we could come up with for not censoring is that we didn’t like them.

And that really is the point of Banned Books Week. It is easy to celebrate challenged books that are wonderful literature like Lolita and Catch-22. But we aren’t a free society if we don’t also support those books we disagree with.

– Dan Lee

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One Response to “Celebrating Banned Books at University of Arizona”

  1. Paul Beavers says:

    As a collection developer in religion and philosophy, it fell to me to purchase books on creationism and intelligent design. I did want to ignore such materials because I knew they were representative of a large number of people’s religious beliefs and that intelligent design arguments might well be of some interest to the faculty and students in philosophy.

    Buying books in those areas was, however, something I found worrisome. I wanted some of the popular press treatments of these issues, but so many were being published I could hardly purchase them all. Moreover, it was often hard to distinguish between what holders of those positions would consider scholarly and what I considered popular press.

    I was always questioning myself as to whether I was rejecting a book because I disagreed with it or because its content was already well established in the collection. And, when I bought such books, I would question whether liberal guilt was leading me to buy something that truly wasn’t worthy of the collection.

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