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Celebrate "Banned Books" at UC

Read-In Thursday from 10 to 3

Written By Abby Hansen '13, PR Intern

More than a thousand books have been taken off shelves ... read them here!


Utica, NY (10/03/2012)
- In celebration of Banned Books Week, Utica College will host a banned books read-in on Thursday, Oct. 4. The event, co-sponsored by the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the Raymond Simon Institute and the Central New York American Civil Liberties Union, will be held in the Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge, Strebel Student Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to attend and take part in reading excerpts from their favorite banned books. Books will be available at the event for participants to read or attendees can bring their own. It is requested that participants select passages that will take no longer than three minutes to read. A complete list of frequently challenged books can be found at the American Library Association’s website, www.ala.org.

Readers can sign up in advance at the School of Business and Justice Studies office in the Economic Crime and Justice Studies building or by calling 792-3060. Walk-on readers will also be allowed to participate.

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982 in every state and in hundreds of communities.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state. Its mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers. The Central New York Chapter is based in Syracuse.

For more information about Banned Books Week, visit www.ala.org and for more information about the Utica College banned books read-in contact Alexandra Caldas, event coordinator, at arcaldas@utica.edu.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,700 students  in 37 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 22 master’s and two doctoral degree programs.



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