Banned Books Week
It’s Banned Books Week this last week of September and I just remember back when I was still teaching literature in our conservative provincial town.
In my first year of teaching, right after I just graduated from a university known for activism and left-wing ideologies, there would be senior professors listening in while they unsuccessfully hide behind the walls and windows of my classroom. As I encouraged students to think critically about their gender roles, social equality, freedom of expression & religion, and introduce some age-appropriate concepts from Western philosophical views and pushed books that are on this ‘Banned Book’ list which have themes too big and far modern back then for our town and probably even now, I was aware of the career risks I was taking but somehow I endured.
Seven years in the academe, more than a decade ago. I wish I can go back in that classroom and do so much more … And maybe invite those professors who hid behind the wall to my class 😁
Teacher forever 🤓
What is Banned Book Week? Why do we celebrate it.
Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books and highlights persecuted individuals. Held during the last week of September since 1982, the United States campaign “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them”and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. ( Wikipedia)
Here’s some list and check what you have read.
American Library Association List
Banned Books That Shaped America
America’s Most Surprising Banned Books
And here’s an article by Michael Tan in Philippine Daily Inquirer about banned books. Michael Tan article