Series of lectures to mark Banned Books Week

September 19, 2014

Banned Books Week brings together readers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox and unpopular. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and others will recognize the celebration of the freedom to read from Sept. 21-27 all across the U.S.

Harper College will mark this year's Banned Books Week with a series of lectures that highlight the value of free and open access to information.

"Librarians are very aware of frequently challenged books, but some people aren't aware this still goes on," Instructor Amy Kammerman said. "We believe it's important to explore the issues and controversies surrounding book challenges and book banning."

  • Harper Associate Professor Brian Cremins will kick off the events at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, with "Graphic Novels, Censorship and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund."
  • Assistant Professor Stephanie Norris will make a presentation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, on "Moralizing Ovid: A New Take on Censorship in the Late Middle Ages."
  • Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan and Associate Professor Leslye Hess will discuss how the Nazi book burnings escalated in "Book Burning in Nazi Germany: How Burning Books Led to Burning People."
  • Professor Kurt Hemmer will wrap up the week's events at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, with a present-day look at censorship and William S. Burroughs' novel in "Naked Lunch and Islam: Questions of Censorship and Sensitivity in the 21st Century."

All lectures are free and open to the public. They take place in the Library (main floor of Building F) on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

For more information, visit or call 847.925.6184.

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159