Panel discusses faith and politics during Banned Book Week

Wed, 2007-09-26 12:49 -- univcomm
September 26, 2007

Anderson University will be hosting two panel discussion sessions this week on banned books in the Nicholson Library as a part of Banned Book Week.

"The Panel Discussions during Banned Books Week focus on two areas—the American Constitution and religion—both of which touch the lives of each and everyone of us today," said Janet Brewer, Director of Nicholson Library. "I think we tend to take the freedoms we enjoy for granted, and as a part of an academic community, it's important for us to discuss the intersection between what we read, or watch in a movie or listen to on our iPods, and these freedoms."

A discussion on banned books and the American constitution with Kevin Radaker and Rudy Pyle, III will be moderated Michael Frank on Sept. 26 from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50.

Doug Nelson will moderate a discussion religion and banned books with Carl Caldwell and Merle Strege on Sept. 27 from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The event is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.