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UD's 7th Annual Banned Book Read-Out

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Banned Book Read-Out - September

The Department of English and UD Library, Museums and Press invite you to join UD's 7th Annual Banned Book Read-Out on Wednesday, Sept. 25. We'll gather on the Old College lawn between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to read passages from our favorite banned and challenged books, celebrate intellectual freedom, and discuss the importance of free and open access to information.

We will share a Sign Up Genius link soon for those who would like to read or speak during the Sept. 25 event but you're welcome to contact April Kendra (akendra@udel.edu) to reserve a 5-minute or 10-minute time slot. Bring your own book, or choose an excerpt from one of the UD Library's books on display. Walk-up readers are welcome, though advance sign-ups will be given first priority. 

For inspiration on what to read, take a look at the American Library Association's list of frequently challenged books. Additionally, any texts that argue for intellectual freedom are encouraged.

Banned Books Craft Day – Students and faculty are invited to our first ever Create-Your-Own Banned Books Earrings and Buttons event in room 200B at Morris Library on September 9th from 5-6pm.  We encourage attendees to make their own button or set of earrings and create at least one more to give away at the Sept. 25 Read-Out. 

Beat Visions and the Counterculture – This exhibit opens on Sept. 3 in the Old College Gallery and will remain on view throughout the academic year.  This very comprehensive exploration of the Beat movement addresses the issues of censorship and intellectual freedom.

In addition to the Read-Out, we're sponsoring the following events to celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28):

  • Reception for Beat Visions and the Counterculture, Old College Gallery, Sept. 24
  • Banned Book Raffle – We'll give away a challenged book at the top of every hour during the Read-Out on Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tweet Your Support --Celebrate your freedom to read by showing your support on Twitter. Use hashtags #UDReadsBannedBooks and #BannedBooksWeek when you speak out (and tweet out) against censorship. 

We look forward to seeing you at all the Banned Books Week events and reminding UD that free people read freely!

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  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361
  • english@udel.edu