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Panel discusses 'power of the book' for banned books week

September 16, 2008

Three Wake Forest University faculty members will celebrate the freedom to read and address the “power of the book” and censorship at “Censors, Banners and Burners, Oh My!,” a panel discussion from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The discussion, held in recognition of Banned Books Week, will feature Andrew Ettin, professor of English; Rian Bowie, assistant professor of English; and John Llewellyn, professor of communication.

The event is free and open to the public.

Banned Books Week, an American Library Association (ALA) event, has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982.  The ALA initiated the event to celebrate the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stress the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

For more information, call (336) 758-4317.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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