Ivy Tech and IUPUC to host Banned Books Week

Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus/Franklin and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus will host Banned Books Week next week, September 22 until September 28.  Banned Books Week is an annual opportunity to focus on censorship of books.  Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools.  Last year there were 400 attempts to remove books from U.S. schools and libraries, according to the American Library Association.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the University Library of Columbus is sponsoring a panel discussion, featuring three instructors from Ivy Tech and IUPUC.  The panel will be held on Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Summerville Room of the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Avenue.  Featured panelists are:

Dr. Aaron Miller, Ivy Tech, History – “Mitch Daniels vs. A People’s History of the United States: Exploring the implications of the governor-turned-college president’s clandestine attempt to rid Indiana schools of Howard Zinn.”

Dr. Jenny Conner-Zachocki, IUPUC, Education – “How teachers can use banned books as a way to engage intermediate and middle grade readers in critical literacy for social justice.”

Kara Terrell-Curtis, Ivy Tech, Communication – “Reactions, both on and off campus, to controversial performance works and the issues surrounding artistic performances at publicly funded institutions.”

Coffee, lemonade, water, and desserts will be provided.  Interested individuals are invited to bring their lunches, questions, and thoughts.

Information:  812-3148703 or jstumpff@ivytech.edu

CONTACT: Randy Proffitt, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications 812-374-5343.

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