Celebrate Banned Books Week 2011!

Banned Books: Read Out

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame



^^ definitely click the above image to enlarge and admire the posters ND graphic design students created!

Naomi Bishop, a library in the Librarian-In-Residence program at Notre Dame, arranged a wonderful event to celebrate Banned Books which are a passion of hers.  Many LAND members were able to support and contribute to the event by reading passages from select “Banned Books.”

Personally, this was a mind opening event.  I listened to an excerpt of Brave New World done by Liz Carter ’13 with fresh ears.  The section was about the intensive genetic engineering process of the citizens…

Thought provoking quote:

“And that,” put in the Director sententiously, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue— liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.”: The Director in chapter 1. After genetic engineering, social conditioning is the most important way for the government to enslave its people. The different caste members are conditioned to never yearn for a life other than their own. This is the second major instrument of social stability.

It’s a scary thought.  But it’s grounding and humbling when we think about life now, stereotypes, life conditions, etc.

But not only was the event thought provoking it also encouraged me to pick up some new books! Check them out yourself:

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group


Thanks to LAND members: Liz Carter ’13, Samantha Lessen ’15, Casey Connolly ’13, Caitlin Wilson ’12

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