Public Invited to Read Passages From Hundreds of Banned Books, Defend First Amendment Right
UTICA, N.Y. (Sept. 26, 2016) —Utica College will host its annual Banned Book Read-In on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge located in the Strebel Student Center. During this time, the public is invited to join UC students, faculty and staff as they read passages from hundreds of banned, censored and challenged books.
The purpose of this event is to defend the first amendment and stand up for everyone’s right to read. The Banned Book Read-In is held in commemoration of National Banned Book Week (Sept. 25- Oct. 1).
This national campaign celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Board of Education Island Trees v. Pico, which prohibits a school board from removing books from a high school library for political reasons.
Some popular books that have been challenged or banned include The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye and The Lord of the Flies.
For more information on UC’s annual Banned Book Read-In, contact Janis Winn, librarian, at (315) 792-3351.