Banned books celebrated at KU

By Lindsey Slater · October 1, 2008 · Comment on this

Books from "Catcher in the Rye" to "Harry Potter" have been challenged or banned because they discuss controversial topics. As part of Banned Books Week, students and staff at KU are reading selections outside of Watson Library.

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hornhunter 8 years, 10 months ago

storm,Maybe they should also ban the book that Obummer or his speech writer read, that said there are 57 states. Now thats a sick person that wants to lead 50 states

storm 8 years, 10 months ago

Never heard of Obummer. Nonetheless, if this Obummer or the speech writer got to read a book that says there's 57 states, so should everyone else.

Hilary Morton 8 years, 10 months ago

So, are they reading excerpts, or entire books? That's quite a job!

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 9 months ago

snap- something smells fishy since I've got 4 aces. :~ ) you must have had an ace up your sleeve.

Erin Pfannenstiel 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm the one reading at the beginning of the piece (the blue jacket). KU does NOT ban books at all. We didn't read the entire books, just about 30 minute sections of the books we chose. I chose to read The Color Purple, which was banned due to lesbian overtones, violence, and language. Not all books read are currently banned, but every book that was read today was banned at one point in time somewhere in the world. KU Libraries stock banned books and those who work here often have a deep and long-lasting love affair with books that end up on "the list."

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 10 months ago

hornhunter,Palin did fire her and there was such an outrage in the community, that she rescinded it.

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 9 months ago

Satirical,I wouldn't say that any librarian who's been fired it's because they wouldn't ban a book. But I'll go out a limb to say if the librarian is fired a short time after the mayor asked her about banning books on three different differents occasions and the librarian did not support the mayor's position, and then she's fired that there could be a connection. Snap, I'll see your bet and raise you a troopergate, a bridge to nowhere and charging rape victims to for their own rape kits.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 10 months ago

I'll see your community outrage and raise you a Rezko and an Ayers.

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 10 months ago

sfjayhawk: If i interpret the article correctly, the activity focuses on books that have, in some way, at some time, come under fire for their content and have been singled out as possible candidates for banning by various school districts and/or special interest groups (same thing?). To my knowledge, KU has no such policies, and such a policy would be extremely contradicotry to the mission of an A-1 research school.

sfjayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

does KU actually ban the catcher in the rye and Harry Potter? If so that is pretty sad and will give the rest of the country yet another excuse to make fun of hayseed kansas.

Satirical 8 years, 9 months ago

Ahmed....Where you see causation, I see correlation. I guess whenever any librarian has ever been fired is because they didn't allow books to be banned.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Alia, I'm holding a Royal Flush. As in flushing the Chicago-machine corrupt politicians back to the wilds of Illinois. Hope you can find some change. (look under the couch cushions)

kansas778 8 years, 10 months ago

A friend of mine said that he and his buddies would put homosexual literature in people's backpacks while they were in the library, and then watch as they walked out the door and the alarm was sounded. Then of course the library aids would discover the hidden books that the person appeared to be smuggling out.

storm 8 years, 10 months ago

Sarah Palin tried to ban books when she was mayor. Please students, go one step further and vote. That sick woman is just a heartbeat from leading these fifty States.

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 10 months ago

sfjayhawk (Anonymous) says: does KU actually ban the catcher in the rye and Harry Potter? If so that is pretty sad and will give the rest of the country yet another excuse to make fun of hayseed kansas.Is this comment for real?

hornhunter 8 years, 9 months ago

The only books they have banned to date are, 'How to handle hazardous waste for Dumbies'

Satirical 8 years, 9 months ago

Did you hear that Palin thought FDR was president in 1929 and TVs were around! What a complete idiot. I mean no one who would say such a moronic statement deserves to be the VP. One heartbeat away and all. Oh wait, Joe Biden said this....well then it must have just been a slip of the tongue and totally understandable. I mean he wasn't around then, how was he suppose to know who was President on when TVs were invented?Well then did you hear about how McCain went to Israel and lied about which Senate committee he was on in order to see more pro-Israel? What a slimeball. He will do and say anything to get elected. How can we trust a person like this who has changed his position before?Oh....that was Obama...well he must have just misspoken, I mean it is hard to keep track of what one has or hasn't done, it is totally excusable.

Satirical 8 years, 9 months ago

So where is the pornography section in the KU library? I mean, if they are so against banning they can't discriminate against Playboy, et al.Or where can I find the "How to build a WMD" book. What? You are telling me the KU library doesn't carry this! Outrageous. Censorship at its worst. How dare anyone tell me what is or is not appropriate. We should all get our pitch forks and storm the Campanile until books on building WMDs are no longer banned!!! : )

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 10 months ago

ASBESTOS (Anonymous) says: banned no books. Just another left winger looney lieAsbetos, you're right she never banned books, she just asked the librarian what the process would be and the librarian said she would fight any effort to ban books. Palin fired the librarian a few months later because she didn't feel "supported" by the librarian. Hmmmm?

BorderRat 8 years, 10 months ago

Every time I go to the book store and buy a copy of "Catcher in the Rye" I always see black helicopters following me around.

hornhunter 8 years, 10 months ago

AhmedAsbetos, you're right she never banned books, she just asked the librarian what the process would be and the librarian said she would fight any effort to ban books. Palin fired the librarian a few months later because she didn't feel "supported" by the librarian. Hmmmm? Ahhhmed go back and read your link again, she didn't fire her.Typical D A

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

"Stand up Chuck! ... Oh my God!" "Barack Amerika!" "you can't go into a 7-11 or convenience store without a slight indian accent ... "not to mention stealing other politicians', the good lady from the frozen north hasn't done that. and, says the "paying for their own rape kits is among the falsehoods spewed by that demorat in the city where she's from, what's her name ... annie getchyergun or something. wonder if in the banned books they read some Steinbeck. interesting, many of his books were banned from Monterey County schools. then when he was safely dead, they named a library after him in salinas, and later put his foundation there...he is today still writing lightning missives protesting that I bet! magical medicinal grass. wow TOB! they grow that near Potter's Lake?

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

did I read the headline right "books that discus?" books don't usually serve well as a discus, try hardbound thinner volumes for the best results! even then, the corners just get in the way!***Alia Ahmed makes a very serious tactical error in bringing up what she did. apparently she also wishes to overlook:Biden's helicopter "shootdown" whopper,and "Biden the coal miner!" there's more: one has ever found that the good lady from the frozen north is untrue. apparently, that's part of her incredible threat to the nutbag fringies. some of AliaA's fellows suddenly wish to impose a "religeous test" on the vice presidency. that, too, is problematic, as Jawbone Joe has been denied Catholic communion though he claims to be Catholic. want more?

Satirical 8 years, 9 months ago

"Editorial ReviewsProduct DescriptionIn THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama's stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.", this book has nothing at all to do with Obama. Whether the book has 10 chapters entirely devoted to Obama's narrative, or 1 chapter is irrelevant. Ifill has a financial conflict of interest, and should step down from the debate whether or not she is actually biased. But in the end this will probably end up helping Palin since any perception of unfairness by Ifill will result in huge outrage. So she may ultimately go easier on Palin and be tougher on Biden. So for all the libs trying to defend Ifill you may want to consider that just in case you want to change your rational depending on the impact she will have as a moderator.Why don't we just have Ann Coulter as a moderator, that would be totally fair.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

it is important to remind readers:AliaA posting above, had put up as a CJA blog the absolutely despicable smear campaign started on Dailykos that Sarah Palin's baby was actually her daughter's and she was covering for her. totally discredited. and Alia basically just reprinted and dumped from other sources, no original work of her own in that woebegotten blog. I'd link to that, but the ljworld editors yanked it! so, now we know about the lack of character of AliaA. helps you judge anything more she posts, doesn't it. why does the fringe left go so crazy about Sarah Palin? she is quite a threat to them! here's a woman much like AliaA, Sandra Bernhard:

storm 8 years, 9 months ago

Why be upset over Alia's article, it was only theory and conjecture. Theory is not fact. (This should help with the evolution theory debate too.) Students, remember Palin tried to ban books, now go one step further and vote.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

Palin has far more useful experience than does Barry H. Obama, and nobody has compared her time as mayor to the ministry of Jesus Christ! in 1973, Jawbone Joe Biden was one of 5 senators to vote against the first alaskan pipeline bill! this was during the first american gas crisis! read this if you dare! it is Ann Coulter, and entirely accurate:

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

yes, ann coulter is a bomb-thrower, but what she wrote about Jawbone Joe was accurate. ***Franklin Raines is the former chairman and chief executive officer of FannieMae, the government sponsored enterprise started in 1939 to offer mortgagesto Americans wishing to become home owners. After serving as budget directorunder President Bill Clinton, Mr. Raines served as CEO at Fannie Mae from2000 until 2004. While Mr. Raines was CEO, Fannie Mae went deep into thepractice of buying mortgages based on almost no or no money down given toborrowers who could not afford them.During this time he received bonuses and salary over 90 million dollars. In2004 he was offered 'early retirement' after the accounting practices usedat Fannie during his tenure to secure top executive bonuses were shown to befraudulent. Civil charges were filed against Raines and two other formerexecutives which sought $110 million in penalties and $115 million inreturned bonuses from the three accused. On April 18, 2008, the governmentannounced a settlement with Raines together with J. Timothy Howard, Fannie'sformer chief financial officer, and Leanne G. Spencer, Fannie's formercontroller. The three executives agreed to pay fines totaling about $3million, which will be paid by Fannie's insurance policies.When pressed by the Bush administration to tighten down regulations onFannie Mae and Freddie Mac, members of congress ? Republicans and Democratsalike - in positions to pass such regulations, did nothing. Today, FannieMae owns or guarantees over half of America 's 12 trillion dollar mortgagemarket, and we are in the middle of a credit crunch and housing slumpbrought on in large part by government backed Fannie Mae going down thisdangerous credit slope under Mr. Raines.And where is Franklin Raines today? He is a chief economic advisor to thepresidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama.Should Obama be our next President we're going to have some whiz-bangFinancial Advisors guiding this country through the Financial mess theyhelped create.

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

"Ann Coulter, and entirely accurate"I'm not sure that I believe that. . . . and now that I've read it, I can confirm it as the same piece of garbage that Ann normally turns out. C'mon, Gnome, you've got to be able to do better than that. Coulter is either totally insane, or she's a weasel faking a part to get people who want to feel angry about liberals because it's the only thing left to them besides admitting that their own stances are idealistic, naive, impractical, unimplementable, and based on fictitious notions of Truth to buy her books and read her reports.

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