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Drury commemorates Banned Books Week with a public reading

For Immediate Release: September 29

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 29, 2010 — Drury University will observe The American Library Association's Banned Books Week on Friday, Oct. 1.  Students and faculty will read selections from many previously banned books on the steps of Olin Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and listen.

Members of the Drury community will take part in this event by reading excerpts from books that have been banned both recently and in years past. Included in this list are: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Catcher in the Rye and Gone With the Wind.  

“This event is especially relevant because it will raise awareness of the dangers of censorship at all levels,” says Dr. Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English Department.  “We will celebrate the power of books to help us develop empathy for the whole range of human experience.”

Celebrated all over the country, The American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week began in 1982 to draw attention to an increasing number of challenges seen in communities nationwide. American classics including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple are featured alongside modern-day bestsellers such as Twilight and Harry Potter on lists of frequently challenged books.

Ultimately, Dr. Meidlinger says the purpose of ALA’s Banned Books Week is to highlight the importance of preserving open access to information.

Additional information is available online at the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week site.

Media Contact:
Dr. Peter Meidlinger
Professor and Chair, Department of English
Office: 417-873-7469
E-mail: pmeidlin@drury.edu

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