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STAC Celebrates national banned books week
Lecture and open forum discuss freedom of expression

(SPARKILL, NY, September 27, 2010) – In recognition of Banned Books Week, The Friends of the Library and the Division of Social Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas College will present: "Silencing the Soul: The Censorship of Literature about Trauma and Sexuality" on Thursday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lougheed Library of the College. Dr. John Durney, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs will open the event, with the help of Matthew Semel, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and faculty from Teacher Education and Humanities.

The following members of the faculty and guests will present, followed by an open forum:

  • Dr. Charles O’Neill, Professor of English, will speak on James Joyce’s Ulysses
  • Dr. Michael Shaw, Professor of Education, will focus on children’s and young adult literature that has been banned on the basis of sexual/gender issues and trauma.
  • Linda Berns, Executive Director of the Lower Hudson Valley NYCLU

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 (American Library Association).

The Friends of the Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College organizes and sponsors lectures in the library by notable speakers from within and outside the College. All lectures are open to the community. Community members interested in joining The Friends of the Library, participating in Friends activities, or making donations to the College designated for The Friends of the Library may contact Ms. Mary Anne Lenk, Director of Library Services at 845-398-4221 or For reservation to the upcoming lecture, call the Library at 845-398-4220. 

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from almost 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit





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