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.