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Reading Banned Books Contest set for October 1


Illinois College Departments of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, English and Schewe Library are hosting a celebration of banned books by offering students the chance to publicly read challenged, censored or banned literature on Monday, October 1, outside Schewe Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by the American Library Association, this nationwide project helps call attention to the importance of the rights of free speech and free expression. Chris Oldenburg, chief organizer of the event, stated “One fundamental goal of a liberal arts education is to understand one another. Celebrating the freedom of artistic expression affirms our didactic errand to experience and reflect critically on the human condition in all its triumph. This is what the Reading Banned Books Contest convocation is all about.”

Each contestant will receive a 15-minute interval to create a memorable public performance on a reading of their choice. Cash prizes will be available to those who participate in the reading starting at $150 for first place, $75 for second place and $25 for third place. Participating students will be graded on a 100-point system spilt into three sections — content and organization, delivery and time management. Contest winners’ presentations will be at 2 p.m.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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