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Pulaski Tech to celebrate Banned Books Week
9/20/2006

Pulaski Technical College will kick off Banned Books Week on Monday, Sept. 25, with a series of panel discussions and readings that celebrate the freedom to read banned or challenged books.

Banned Books Week is sponsored on campus by the Ottenheimer Library Committee and the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities. Its purpose is to raise awareness about material that has been banned or challenged in a variety of settings and to discuss issues relating to intellectual freedom.

Faculty and staff will read short excerpts from books including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to John Grisham's A Time To Kill.

All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, 9/25/06  7 p.m. Campus Center Building, Lecture Hall, 2nd floor

From The Big Sleep to Brokeback Mountain:  How Hollywood Censors Sex, Violence, Religion, and Politics too...

Panel Discussion, featuring: 

  • Kris Katrosh, Organizer / Board Member - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Karen Martin, Movie / Style Editor for Arkansas Democrat Gazette
  • Philip Martin, Movie Critic for Arkansas Democrat Gazette
  • Brian Hight, Chair, Dept. of Fine Arts, Moderator

Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, 9/26/06 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Campus Center Building, 1st floor foyer

10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Panel Discussion

Student Publications, Performances, and Productions:

How is student work chosen for publication, performance, or public display?  Are student works ever censored for subject matter?  Where do taste and the student's skill fit into these decisions?

Panelists:  Joey Cole & Publications Class, Allen Loibner, Brian Hight, and Kathy Strause

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Faculty Readings from Banned or Challenged Books

Faculty will read brief excerpts from the following banned or challenged books.  Then we will discuss why various titles might have been banned or challenged, as well as discuss if there is ever a time any books should be banned or challenged.

  • Michelle Palmer James and the Giant Peach  Roald Dahl
  • Jennifer Burkett  To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee       
  • Carolyn Prickett A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine  L'Engle
  • Antoinette Brim Push  Sapphire
  • Peggy Peterson A Time to Kill   John Grisham
  • Joey Cole   Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret    Judy Blume

Wednesday, 9/27/06 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Campus Center Building, 1st floor foyer

11 - 11:50 a.m. Panel Discussion

Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design in the Classroom

What are the basic definitions of these three ideas?  What are the various arguments for including any or all of these ideas in the classroom?  In what classes should these ideas be covered?

Panelists:  Lyndel Roe, Johnny Dollar, and other panelists TBA

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.  Faculty Readings from Banned or Challenged Books

Faculty will read brief excerpts from the following banned or challenged books.  Then we will open discussion up to faculty and audience members to discuss why various titles might have been banned or challenged, as well as to discuss if there is ever a time any books should be banned or challenged.

  • Marjorie Lacy              Sons and Lovers                     D.H. Lawrence
  • Wade Derden              Catch-22                                Joseph Heller
  • Amy Baldwin               Forever                                  Judy Blume
  • Angie Macri                 Harriet the Spy                       Louise Fitzhugh
  • Allen Loibner               Naked Lunch                          William S. Burroughs
  • Joey Cole                    Where the Sidewalk Ends       Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, 9/27/06 7 p.m. Campus Center Building, Lecture Hall, 2nd floor

Censorship and Intellectual Freedom: The Fragile First Amendment

Panel Discussion, featuring:

  • Max Brantley, Editor of the Arkansas Times
  • Antoinette Brim, Instructor of English & African American Studies, PTC
  • Johnny Dollar, Instructor of History, Political Science, and Religion, PTC
  • Augusta Farver, Dean of Business, PTC
  • Faye Hanson, Gifted and Talented Specialist at Rockefeller Elementary and the storyteller in residence for the Central Arkansas Library System
  • Dotty Oliver, Publisher of Little Rock Free Press
  • Joey Cole, Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities, Moderator

Light refreshments will be served.




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