Banned Books Read-Out a great campus event
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
Reading books that have been banned in history is an excellent experience for students. When we think of events that colleges should host, we think of events like last week’s Banned Books Read-Out on The Green, during which students from multiple English classes and from Delta Sigma Tau, the English honor society, read passages from books that have been banned or challenged. Reading these books is a great way to inspire free thinking and celebrate our freedom of expression.
It’s good to have students come together to appreciate the history behind some of our most cherished titles, ranging from “Lolita” to “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” to “The Lorax.” Students present at the read-out heard as English professor April Kendra, who organized the event, mentioned a colleague in Saudi Arabia who was hosting a banned book in the country despite the fear of arrest looming over herself and her readers. Here in the United States, we can come together to consider controversies from past and present without fear, and as an independent newspaper that makes use of the First Amendment rights regularly, it’s exciting for us to see so many people celebrating it in this way.
We feel banned books have stories worth telling, and it’s great to see university students coming together to participate in events like the Banned Books Read-Out.