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Events to celebrate Banned Books Week
in Alexander Library: Sept 24 - Oct 1, 2011

Monday September 26th at 2:00 pm:
Global Censorship: Medium and Message Disconnected - A panel discussion
Remegio U. Pane Room, 1st floor

While we celebrate the free flow of news and information over Facebook, Twitter, Google, news websites and all sorts of blogs in the US, countries like China, Syria, Korea and others continue to block their citizens from using the Internet freely. What happens when governments put a stranglehold on information?

This event is the first in a three part series, sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries, within the university-wide initiative "Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders."

Tuesday September 27th at 4:30 pm:
Screening and discussion of the film "1984"
Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor

Discussion facilitator:
Kevin Mulcahy, humanities librarian, Rutgers University Libraries

After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is the capital of Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape...

Friday, September 30th at 4:30 pm:
Screening and discussion of "Good Night and Good Luck"
Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor

Discussion facilitator:
Silvia Muller, adjunct faculty member, Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history.

Daily, Monday - Friday
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Readings from banned books by Rutgers' faculty, administrators, students and staff
In the Scarlet Latte cafe
Lower level of the library

For more information on any of these events, contact Libraries' Director of Administrative Services Lila Fredenberg at or 732/932-7505, ex. 319.

Movie descriptions from the Internet Movie Database,
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Posted August 17, 2011; August 30, 2011