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Banned Books Week

The Library is celebrating Banned Books Week September 21–27 with several special events. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to instances where that freedom is challenged. This year’s events explore censorship and expression in comic books and graphic novels. 

The library is hosting a panel discussion, “Comics, Censorship, and Freedom of Expression” on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in Schulz 3001. Award-winning cartoonist Brian Fies, Director of Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Dr. Heidi LaMoreaux, and owner of The Comic Box and 2014 Eisner Awards judge Kathy Bottarini will talk about the history of censorship in comics and its impact on how stories are told.

The library is also hosting a comic workshop, “Create Comics: Tell Your Story in Words and Pictures,” on Friday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. in Schulz 2016A. This workshop explores cartooning techniques and allows students the chance to tell their personal stories and learn the art of cartooning. 

There are also displays in the Library sharing information about censorship across all forms of media.