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Banned Books Week picks up steam

Pulaski Tech's celebration of Banned Books Week continues through Oct. 5 with readings from banned and challenged materials performed by faculty and staff and with a panel discussion entitled "Shock of the New: Visual Art and the College Experience."

The purpose of Banned Books Week is to celebrate the freedom to read banned or challenged books, to raise awareness about material that has been banned or challenged in a variety of settings, and to discuss issues relating to intellectual freedom.

Schedule of Readings:

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Campus Center Plaza (main campus)
11 a.m.: Sandy Longhorn -- Handmaid's Tale
11:10 a.m.: Jonathan Purkiss -- A Brave New World ?
11:20 a.m.: Brian Walker --  Song of Songs
11:30 a.m.: Amy Baldwin -- Forever
11:40 a.m.: Caroline Lewis -- Grapes of Wrath
11:50 a.m.: David Warren -- Dracula
12-1 p.m. Panel "Shock of the New:  Visual Art and the College Experience"

Wednesday:  October 3, on the Campus Center Plaza (main campus)
11 a.m.:  Joey Cole -- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
11:10 a.m.: Melissa Myers -- The Bell Jar
11:20 a.m.: Michelle Palmer - As I Lay Dying
11:30 a.m.: Sandy Longhorn --  Candide
11:40 a.m.: Discussion
11:50 a.m.: Joey Cole --
12 p.m.: Allen Loibner - Footnote to "Howl" and "Babelogue" Patti Smith
12:10 p.m.: Wade Derden -- Appeal
12:20 p.m.: Angie Macri -- Leaves of Grass
12:30 p.m.: Sarah Clements -- Shel Silverstein
12:40 p.m.:  Sandy Longhorn -- Harry Potter
12:50 p.m.: Discussion

Pulaski Tech kicked off its weeklong Banned Books Week celebration on Monday with two lectures by Roger Newman, an author and noted authority on civil liberties and censorship.

Newman, an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, spoke on "Civil Liberties, Surveillance and Terrorism." "We can never preserve our freedom by eliminating it," Newman insists. "We have come to value privacy, for example, as much as the right to speak our minds."

Newman's visit was sponsored by Pulaski Tech's Ottenheimer Library Committee and the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities.

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