Banned Books

  • An Annual Celebration of Our Freedom to Read

    For each of the past six years, students from the Department of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have co-coordinated an annual Banned Books Read Out, a lively hour-long “slam”-style public reading of excerpts from books that have been banned or challenged in recent years.

    Coinciding with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week celebration that takes place during the last week in September each year, IUP’s Banned Books Read Out event is sponsored by the Department of English in partnership with the IUP Libraries, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the English Graduate Organization.

    Our Read Out event is the centerpiece of a full week of up to five events designed to foster the joy of reading and highlight the dangers of censorship. Each year, the week’s slate of events varies based on student and faculty offerings, but the constant every year is the Read Out, which features readers among the ranks of students, faculty, staff, community members, and administrators—including President Driscoll’s annual dramatic interpretation of Captain Underpants.

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