Please join us for our first Banned and Challenged Books event: A Discussion with Professor Jonathan Cope of the Response of American Librarianship in the 1940s and 1950s to Censorship and the Banning of Books in the 1940s and 1950s, featuring clips from the film, Storm Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

The CSI Library invites you to a virtual presentation and facilitated discussion about American librarianship’s response to censorship and book banning in the 1940s and 1950s. Professor Jonathan Cope, Instruction & Reference Librarian, will discuss some of the historical roots of banned books and present film clips from the 1956 film, Storm Center, starring Bette Davis. Storm Center is about a librarian who becomes the center of a McCarthyism-fueled firestorm when she refused to remove the book, “The Communist Dream,” from the library once her town council labeled incendiary anti-American propaganda. This virtual presentation is a CC CLUE event.  

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By Amy F. Stempler