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Banned Books Week: Activities

Information on Banned Books, intellectual freedom, and how you can get involved.

Calendar of Events

Banned Books Week DisplayLIB 2nd floor

Banned Books Week DebateSept. 29, FAC 1009

Excerpts from Banned Books, Sept 30, Barnes & Noble at UT Tyler

Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance Digital SymposiumOct. 1, LIB 202

Banned Books Week Debate

How do you feel about censorship in an academic setting?


Bring your answers, opinions, and questions to our debate on September 29. Challenge your opinions as you watch two of UT Tyler's debaters hash out the issues. Feel free  to participate in a Q&A and enjoy refreshments after the round. 



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Censorship of offensive material in an academic environment does more harm than good.
Agree: 18 votes (90%)
Disagree: 1 votes (5%)
I don't know, but am interested in learning more: 1 votes (5%)
Total Votes: 20

Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance



Opening Statements 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

Dr. Elise Takehana - Dr. Annamary Consalvo - Dr. Marilyn McCaffrey

Keynote Address 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dr. Katherine Wisser

Katherine M. Wisser, Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, teaches and researches the organization of information, archival description, metadata and the history of libraries. She has an MA in American History from the University of New Hampshire, an MSLS and a Ph.D. in Information Science from  UNC-Chapel Hill.

Censorship Panel 12:40 PM -1:40 PM

Dr. Daniel Sarefield — Dr. Laura Baker — Angie Miller — Angela Pitrone

This panel presents historical, cultural, and pedagogical perspectives on censorship from teachers, librarians, and historians. Panelists will address the significance of censorship to the growth of knowledge and how censorship affects the freedoms of a community and its individuals. While panelists may not specifically mention the work of Robert Cormier, they will provide points of comparison to Robert Cormier’s own views on censorship as a violation to an individual’s right to make their own choices, an affront to America’s freedom of expression, and worse still, an insult to the perceptiveness and critical aptitude of both the writer and reader.  

Founding the Robert E. Cormier Collection 1:50 PM -2:50 PM

Robert Foley — Chris Cormier-Hayes — Asher Jackson — Coco O’Toole Zephir

This panel presents a structured retrospective conversation among founder of Robert Cormier’s significant literary archive housed near the author’s home and the geographical location for much of Cormier’s fiction. Panelists will address the significance of the conception, creation, administration, and oversight of this large archive from his or her unique perspective. 

Contemporary Author Reading and Comments on Censorship 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Emily M. Danforth

Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was winner of the 2013 Montana Book Award and a finalist for the William C. Morris Award and a Lambda Literary Award. emily is an Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing at Rhode Island College and a recent MacDowell Fellow. Her second novel, Side Talks With Girls, is forthcoming from HarperCollins.


Virtual Symposium Attendance

A limited number of virtual “seats” will be available for teachers, faculty, and their classes to participate in the Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance Symposium as real-time audience members. Contact for more information.

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