Activities for Banned Books Week 2013 - Sept. 22-28, 2013
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.
To celebrate 2013 Banned Books Week, the Rutgers University Libraries have organized the following activities:
- The Art Library will host a themed exhibit of 2-dimensional READ posters of members of the Rutgers community reading banned books. While viewing the exhibit, individuals may take their photograph on a pre-printed READ poster background. Also on display at the Art Library is a Modernist Photography Exhibit curated by Dalynn Knigge, MLIS candidate in the School of Communication & Information. Both exhibits will run through October 2013.
- On display at Alexander Library and in the lobby of the Medical Education building will be Did You Know posters: Medical Books: Banned, Recalled and Objectionable. Depicted are books by four authors whose works were burned by the US government, boycotted by a professional association, banned by the British government, and violated medical ethics.
- On display at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences (Newark) will be the Atlas of topographical and applied human anatomy” by Eduard Pernkopf, the German edition published in 1937 where it is asserted and believed by many to be of Nazi origin. Pernkopf was a leading Nazi who became Dean of the University of Vienna Faculty of Medicine after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. The first English translation was published in 1963 and is part of the library’s collection. Also on display will be an article about the controversial atlas from the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association in 2001 and letters to the editor published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 raising strong objections.
- A group of Rutgers students reading banned books will be part of the American Library Association’s annual Virtual ReadOut. Check out the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out channel on YouTube to see our Rutgers students and others from across the country.
- Nancy Kranich will facilitate a Privacy Conversation Forum, “Who do I Trust to Protect my Privacy?”, on Thursday, September 26, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Pane Room, Alexander Library. For more information on this event, please see the event story: Who do you trust to protect your privacy?