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FLI: Policing Pages - The American Classics

FLI: Policing Pages: A History of Banned Books
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moderator Kisha Daniels, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Education, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Speakers Sarah Ludington '92, Clinical Professor of Law, Law School Joseph ("Joe") Salem, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs Victor Strandberg, Professor of English, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Forever Learning Institute: Policing Pages: A History of Banned Books

Grapes of Wrath, Walden, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. What some call great American literature, others deem despicable, immoral, or profane. Using the American classics like those penned by Steinbeck, Salinger, Twain, Walker, and Vonnegut for context, we will explore the challenges around banning books - censorship of language, access restrictions, removal of texts from the classroom - and uncover how contempt by some and celebration by others of these written works changed our perspectives on free speech and educational freedoms from the 1800s to today.