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Banned Book Event

September 20, 2012

Banned Book Event
In celebration of National Banned Books Week, Ursuline College will take part in a banned book event on October 3, 11 AM – 2 PM, 2550 Lander Road, Fritzsche Center. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, The National Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

“The celebration of Banned Books Week is significant for several reasons: first, it reminds us of the profound power literature has to move us, please our senses, unsettle us, present us with uncomfortable truths, or impart knowledge that changes the way we see the world. Second, it calls us to remember the core values of our culture—freedom of expression, the gift of independent thought, and tolerance of and respect for different points of view. Third, it forces us to deliberate the paradox inherent in those values, when freedom to speak out (or in this case to write) clashes with the moral sensibilities and beliefs of others. But this tension also drives our democracy and makes social change possible, and if we ever lose it, we will lose ourselves,” said Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D. director of the Ursuline Studies Program.

Thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States will participate in Banned Books Week this year. It has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship.

The event is sponsored by the College’s Ursuline Studies Program, the English department and the Ralph M. Besse Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Mary Pipino at 440 646 8112 or mpipino@ursuline.edu.

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