In accordance with the national celebration of Banned Books Week, UCA’s Department of English, in conjunction with Sigma Tau Delta, is hosting a week-long presentation of events highlighting various works of literature that have either been challenged or banned, and the freedom to explore those texts academically across a variety of topics and genres.
According to the American Library Association, “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read” is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year marks BBW’s 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4). BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.This week’s events at UCA include:
* A screening of the film “Lolita” on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Irby 304.
* A Banned Book Week Panel entitled “Don