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UDM Theatre Company

Join the UDM Theatre Company in their production of "Alabama Story, " a drama based on the true story of an Alabama librarian who fought against a senator who wanted to ban a "The Rabbit's Wedding," a charming children's book about rabbits.


Books about Censorship

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Areopagitica - John Milton
ISBN: 1515277046
Publication Date: 2009 (1644)
Originally published in 1644, Areopagitica was a pamphlet defending the right to freedom of speech and expression.

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Not in Front of the Children - Marjorie Heins
Publication Date: 2007
In Not in Front of the Children, Marjorie Heins explores the fascinating history of "indecency" laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth.

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Make No Law - Anthony Lewis
Publication Date: 1992
This book chronicles how the freedom of press and the First Amendment has been interpreted by U.S. courts throughout the nation's history.

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The End of Obscenity - Charles Rembar
Publication Date: 1968
Charles Rembar tells the story of how he successfully argued the merits of previously banned and controversial works of literature before the Supreme Court.

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Only Words - Catharine A. MacKinnon
Publication Date: 1994
In Only Words, MacKinnon examines the conflict between the First and Fourteenth Amendments in U.S. courts. She questions how U.S. courts often rule to protect pornography, sexual and racial harassment and hate speech as free speech, even though the same acts often undermine the Fourteenth Amendment by promoting the inequality and the power of one social group over others.

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Code - Lawrence Lessig
Publication Date: 2000
Lessig argues that cyberspace can be programmed either to create a free space without regulations or to a tightly controlled space regulated by policymakers or governments.


Banned Books Week

Banned Books week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information.  Banned Books week focuses on books that have been targeted for removal or restriction and the efforts (often successful) of teachers, librarians, journalists and readers to fight this attempt to censor unorthodox or unpopular ideas.   American Library Association


Think for Yourselves

Think for yourselves, and let others enjoy the privilege to do so , too. - Voltaire


Why are books challenged?



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Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Digital Media Studies, Environmental Engineering, Ethics, Health Services Administration, Mechanical Engineering


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