The Annual Banned Books Celebration for 2017 will kick off this year on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the East Georgia State College Library with a lecture by EGSC Assistant Professor of Humanities Christian Kraus at 11 a.m. in the EGSC Learning Commons Room J503. His topic will be “Technology and Censorship in the Internet Age” and will involve themes from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
After Kraus’s talk, the official opening for Banned Books Week at EGSC will be in the Luck F. Gambrell Building Rotunda at 2 p.m. with cake!
On Tuesday, September 26, EGSC Professor of Humanities Dr. Alan Brasher will hold at talk at 2:30 p.m. His topic is “What Did Kurt Vonnegut Ever Do To You?” and will cover Slaughterhouse Five.
Wednesday, Sept. 27, Assistant Professor of Humanities Dr. Armond Boudreaux will present a talk on the controversial Batman comic The Killing Joke at 3 p.m.
Thursday will feature the EGSC Art Gallery opening with a talk by Chris Mattingly at 2 p.m., followed by a Poetry Slam in the Library at 4 p.m.
This program is a joint project between the EGSC Library and Schools of Humanities to celebrate Banned Book Week, held this year from September 24 – September 30. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend these special events.