Monday, July 27, 2009

Banned Book Readout
Monday, September 28, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Banned Books Week 2009 is the twenty-eighth annual celebration of the freedom
to read.

Come celebrate the freedom to read with Sigma Tau Delta.
-Bring your favorite banned book
-Dress as your favorite banned book character
-Prepare a banned book dish to share
-Prepare a passage to read from a banned or challenged book
-Readings will be scored on categories such as "worthiness to be banned," ridiculousness factor," and "reading performance"
-Winners will choose from a selection of famously banned books

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose and the
freedom to express one’s opinion, even if that opinion might be
considered unpopular or unorthodox. The campaign stresses the
importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all
who wish to read them.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fall Events

We are all looking forward to another great year! All students, faculty, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend our events. We'd love to see you there!

We'll kick off our events this semester with an evening of Scrabble on Tuesday, September 8th from 7-9pm in CL-265. (NEW DATE) There will be multiple boards and light refreshments. The format will be set by those who attend-- either one on one or team play. Come recharge your word-hoard, and get ready for the semester ahead by playing or watching others play. All are welcome to attend! If it's well-attended, we'll make it a regular event.

On Monday, September 28th from 7-9pm in CL-255 there will be a Banned Books Event, to coincide with Banned Books Week, with attendees offering readings of select passages from books that have at one point been banned. More details to follow. (Kristen Ivy Moses will be chairing this event. Please contact her if you are interested in assisting before, during, or after the event.) All are welcome to attend!

Our popular discussion series will return in October. This semester's "Professor Talks" will be on Wednesday, October 14th from 7-9pm in CL-265 with guest speaker Dr. Russell Potter and Wednesday, November 18th from 7-9pm in CL-265 with guest speaker Dr. Vincent Bohlinger. All are welcome to attend! Check back soon for special guest blog posts. (Contact Denise Leathers for information about the "Professor Talks" discussion series.)

About the discussion series: The talks generally lean more towards the personal/professional, rather than the scholarly. They're about providing a space where a member of the faculty comes in as an individual-- a highly trained and respected individual-- who shares stories about what things like scholarly work and being an English professor mean to him/her. These discussions have been a great way for students and alumni to get to know members of the faculty (and I might add, it's a great way for faculty to get to know students and alumni!) in a relaxed setting where paper assignments, grades, and the everyday pressures of the classroom do not exist. Since the very first "Professor Talk" by Dr. J. Zornado, the series has been quite a success. The talks are always interesting, informative, and fun. If you haven't been to one, you should definitely plan on attending one this fall!