Banned Books Vigil is Oct. 4Written by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Banned Books Ahoy! Treasure Your Freedom to Read” is the theme of the 10th annual Banned Books Vigil, which will take place Oct. 4, on UT’s Main Campus.
UT faculty members and students, as well as librarians and authors, will give short presentations from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.
“Over the years, our event has grown from a cluster of devoted souls reading passages from banned books at Thackeray’s Books into a fall campus event that brings hundreds of UT and community people together to celebrate the right to read and think freely,” said Paulette D. Kilmer, UT associate professor of communication and one of the organizers of the event. “We call it a vigil because that name reminds us of our history and our mission to bear witness and, therein, to protect intellectual freedom.”
She said banned books will be given out as door prizes throughout the day.
In the fourth week of September for more than two decades, the American Library Association, the Book Sellers of America and hundreds of other sponsors of Banned Books Week have inspired citizens across the nation to plan events celebrating intellectual freedom.
Topics and speakers for the vigil will be:
- 9 a.m.: “Reading Is Power!” by Mark Denham, UT acting associate dean for social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Marcia Suter, UT associate professor and director of library services;
- 9:30 a.m.: “Reading for Love of Reading: A Poem by Pinsky and a Poem by Stevens” by Sara Lundquist, UT associate professor and chair of English;
- 10 a.m.: “Nazi Germany and Book Burning” by Larry Wilcox, UT professor of history;
- 10:30 a.m.: “Better Read Than Dead: Ban These 10 Books” by Brian Patrick, UT associate professor of communication;
- 11 a.m.: “We Are Strangers” by Warren Woodbury, Toledo author;
- 11:30 a.m.: “The Silent Battle: Censorship in Elementary Schools” by Tara Schenkenberger, library media specialist at Penta Career Center, Perrysburg;
- Noon: “Literature, Freedom and Dissent: Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Linda Smith, UT senior lecturer in the Honors Program;
- 12:30 p.m.: “The Moral of the Story” by Paul Many, UT professor of communication;
- 1:30 p.m.: “The Media’s Contribution to the Decline of an Informed Citizenry and the Erosion of Democracy” by Carter Wilson, UT professor of political science;
- 2 p.m.: “Last Places for Radical Gestures: Late 20th Century Art, Imagination and Law” by Mysoon Rizk, UT associate professor of art;
- 2:30 p.m.: “Theatre: Scene or Obscene?” by Irene Alby, UT lecturer in theatre; Cornel Gabara, UT assistant professor of theatre; Ben Pryor, UT associate professor and chair of philosophy and co-director of the Law and Social Thought Program; Dave DeChristopher, actor, author and Toledo Free Press contributor; and Holly Monsos, UT associate professor and chair of theatre;
- 3:30 p.m.: “Allen Ginsburg, HOWL and City Lights Books on Trial” by Tom Barden, UT director of the Honors Program and professor of English;
- 4 p.m.: “Let’s Play Jeopardy!” with Mark Horan, UT associate professor of general libraries and coordinator of general library collections;
- 4:30 p.m.: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Problem of Religious Censorship” by Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor of interdisciplinary studies;
- 5 p.m.: “Freedom of the Press – Except on Campus?” by Chris Ankney and Melinda Lauber, Independent Collegian editor-in-chief and news editor, respectively;
- 5:30 p.m.: “The Battle Is Never Won – Ten Years of Celebrating the Right to Read and Think Freely,” by Kilmer, Brian Hickam, UT assistant professor of general libraries, and Smith; and
- 6 p.m.: Art music concert with Erik Johanson, UT associate professor of music.
Benefactors of the free, public event are the Society of Professional Journalists, the University Honors Program, The Independent Collegian, University Libraries, UT Department of Communication, UT English Department, and the UT Theatre and Film Department.