Banned and Censored Media

Banned Books Week Read Out

The Ithaca College Library and Handwerker Gallery held their first Banned Book Read Out on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 from 12:10 to 3pm in the Gannett Center’s Handwerker Gallery.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Books are most frequently banned or challenged if an institution or individual deems their content to be offensive.

‚ÄčIthaca College faculty, staff, alumni and students read aloud for 5-10 minutes from one of hundreds of books banned or challenged each year. The diverse array of readings includes selection from Dr. Seuss, Toni Morrison, J. K. Rowling, Thomas Paine and Boccaccio.

Are you interested in participating in 2014?  Let us know!  

Books: American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association (ALA) maintains a useful website of Banned & Challenged Books.  It answers the questions such as to, "What is the difference between a challenge and a banning?" and "Why are books challenged?"  It includes lists of banned book by author, by year, and by decade. There is also a link to statistics.

Each Year the ALA celebrates Banned Books Week:

"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States."

Lists compiled by the ALA:

Books about Censorship by Subject

Selected books about Censorship

Journal Articles

Article Quick Search (EBSCO databases) by Subject: Suggested library databases:
Also search LexisNexis for current news and law review articles:
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
SSRN may have som working papers:

Organizations

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Communications Librarian
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Related Guides

THINK FOR YOURSELF

Definitions & Guides

  • Definitions of Expression of Concern, Oral Complaint, Written Complaint, Public Attack, and Censorship from ALA.
  • Donald A. Downs "Obscenity and Pornography" The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Kermit L. Hall. Oxford University Press. 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Ithaca College. 
  • Triplett, W. (2004, April 16). Broadcast indecency. CQ Researcher, 14, 321-344.
  • Censorship. From: West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p296. Word Count: 152. 
  • Obscenity. From: West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p296. Word Count: 152. 
Also try searching CQ Researcher for background information. Here are their guides for Communication and the Mass Media: Regulation and Legal issues

Banned & Challenged Classics @IC Library

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