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Campus Speech: "Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide Open?"

The Huffington PostCourtney YoungCourtney Young
President, American Library Association

September 23, 2014

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean of Libraries Sohair Wastawy recalls growing up in her native Egypt, which has seen its share of censorship, too. It is fascinating to explore cultural differences in regard to censorship. While some cultures are uncomfortable with what they view as blasphemous works, others are more concerned with overt sexuality. Some prohibit political opposition to the ruling party or royalty. In the United States, the public has generally tolerated written attacks on our elected officials, but many have supported the removal of Harry Potter books from schools and public libraries for its witchcraft themes.

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