For Immediate Release
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September 8, 1999
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Freedom to Read Freely

Banning and the burning of books in the United States is often a subject of history and documentaries, but in certain libraries and classrooms across the nation, this experience of censorship is only too real.

Indiana University Northwest Library will promote Banned Books Week with displays and educational presentations from September 27 through October 1. Free People Read Freely is the focus for the national event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society if Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores.

Two brown bag lunch lectures concerning censorship are scheduled on campus in the Library Conference Center from 11 am to 12:30 p.m. The first, Censorship: A History, will be presented by history professor Ron Cohen on Monday, Sept. 27. On Thursday, Sept. 30, university library director, Robert Moran will speak on Internet Filtering

During the week, some of the books that have been banned and/or burned nationally, as well as locally will be displayed. Books that have been challenged, banned or burned include The Stepford Wives, Growing Up Female in America, Death of a Salesman, Go Ask Alice, Slaughter House 5, Catch 22 and The Bell Jar. Books most frequently challenged in 1998 include - The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Of Mice and Men by John Steinback, Goosebump Series and Free Street Series by R.L. Stine, I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Always Running by Luis Rodriguez, Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly and Blubber by Judy Blume.

The IU Northwest library lectures and displays are open to the community and free of charge. For more information, contact university library professor Ellen Bosman at 219-980-6947 or Lynn Scott at 219-980-6608.

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