The ISU commemoration of Constitution Day continues on Tuesday, September 28. At 4:00 p.m., guest speaker, Roger Newman will present, “Civil Liberties, Surveillance, and Terrorism”, beginning at 4 p.m. in the ISU Library’s Events Area. Professor Newman teaches Journalism, the Law, and Society at the Columbia University Journalism School, and is the author, co-author or editor of several books, including Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment (1982); The Constitution and Its Amendments(1999, 4 volumes). His book Hugo Black: A Biography (1994; sec. edition, 1997), was chosen as an “Outstanding” Rated Title for 1998 by the University Press Books Committee of the Association of American University Presses, won the Scribes Book Award and made Professor Newman a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He publishes regularly in journals and magazines and has appeared on NPR, PBS and even Entertainment Tonight. [Note: this event replaces the 6pm Pizza and Politics for this week; the next Pizza and Politics will be October 12, 6 p.m., Library Events area; the topic will be “Supreme-ly Important Deliberations”.]
Banned Books Week (September 25th through October 2, 2010) is the 29th annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Library Events area is the venue for several events. Join students from Eled 324 (Emergent Literacy) on Tuesday, September 28 as they read challenged children’s books aloud and engage the audience with a discussion on why the books were challenged. Presentations will be from 9-10:30 and 12:30-1:50; try to attend both sessions as the books will be different. On Thursday, September 30, the Library Events Area will be the venue for “Banned Books Outloud.” Beginning at 9:30 and continuing throughout the day until 3:30, everyone is invited to drop by to participate in an ongoing reading out loud of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Come for 10 minutes or an hour. At 12:30 p.m., people are invited to a brown-bag panel, moderated by Darlene Hantzis, will discuss the implications of the publication of the book. Also, there is a display of banned and challenged books in the 1st floor display cases.