Posts Tagged ‘Banned Books Week’

Celebrating Banned Books at University of Arizona

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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

What Books Would You Ban?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I have agreed to be on a panel for a program sponsored by the local chapter of the Progressive Libarians Guild during Banned Books Week.  I’m thinking of doing something to test intuitions by getting people to think about what they might be tempted to ban, censor, or remove from the shelf. I’m looking for examples to prompt the thought.

So what books would you ban? Any ideas?

–  Dan Lee

Intellectual Freedom in the News

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Judith Krug, founder of Banned Books Week and director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom since its founding in 1967, dies of stomach cancer at age 69. Go here for more blog posts remembering Judith.

Amazon’s sales ranking “glitch” is called an “embarassing cataloging error.”

Google Book settlement under “legal assault.”

Supreme court rules that speech is not constitutionally protected for public employees; the decision could “silence professors.”

Associated Press chairman “mad as hell” at websites that link to AP material, calls their profit a violation of fair use.

Rockefeller University Press freezes 2010 journal prices at 2009 rates.

– compiled by X. Avalos