UT will celebrate the American Library Association Banned Books Week with a the 12th Annual Banned Books Week Vigil on Thursday, October 1st on the 2nd Floor of Sullivan Hall. This day-long event will feature speakers from all over campus giving short, 20 minutes talks about topics relating to censorship and the freedom to read. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.
The schedule of speakers for the day is:
- 9 a.m.
Welcome by Dr. Marcia Suter, University Libraries
“Speech, Reading, and the Banning of Thoughts” – Dr. Jim Benjamin, Communication Dept.
- 9:30 a.m.
“Radical Islamists and Fear of Radical Islamists – Both are Significant Threats to Free Speech”, Dr. Douglas Oliver, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Dept.
- 10 a.m.
“When Censorship Goes Soft: The Case of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & the Publication of ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'”, Dr. Larry Connin, Honors Program
- 10:30 a.m.
“We Are Strangers”, Mr. Warren Woodbury, Toledo author
- 11 a.m.
“1984: From Orwell to Amazon”, Dr. Paul Many, Communication Dept.
- 11:30 a.m.
Dr. K & The IC Players [Dr. Paulette Kilmer, Communication Dept., and journalism students]
- 12 noon
Keynote Speaker: “Book Burning in Nazi Germany”, Dr. Larry Wilcox, History Dept.
- 1 p.m.
“Censorship, Dissent & Etiquette”, Dr. Ben Pryor, Philosophy Dept.
- 1:30 p.m.
“Remembering Judith Krug: Librarian & Founder of Banned Books Week”, Ms. Elaine Reeves, University Libraries
- 2 p.m.
“Indecency in Broadcasting: Why Bother?” Dr. David Tucker, Communication Dept.
- 2:30 p.m.
“The Politics of Bad Ideas”, Dr. Carter Wilson, Political Science Dept.
- 3 p.m.
Jeopardy with Mr. Brian Hickam & Ms. Elaine Reeves, both University Libraries.
- 3:30 p.m.
“Censoring Bob Dylan in the Sixties”, Dr. Tom Barden, Honors Program
- 4 p.m.
“Feminism Does Not Equal Censorship: Toward a Feminist Politics of Representation”, Dr. Renee Heberle, Political Science Dept.
- 4:30 p.m.
“Homosexuality in Children’s Books”, Dr. Sharon Barnes, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs
- 5 p.m.
“The Story of Giles Corey”, an original poem by Dr. Glen Sheldon, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs
This event received the financial support of the UT Communication Department, with food and door prizes sponsored by Barry’s Bagels, Curb’s Candles, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, People Called Women, the Westgate Rite Aid Pharmacy, The Toledo Free Press, UT Business Technology, UT Career Services, UT Bookstore, UT- MCO Credit Union, UT Starbucks, Glacity Theater Collective and UT Theatre Department.