Responding to Boyer and Downs

The two chapters that our class read in A History of the Book in America, both summaries of censorship in the United States in subsequent periods, were rather an interesting overview. Chapter four, by Paul S. Boyer, focused on censorship from 1880 to 1940, with Donald A. Downs’ chapter 5 focusing on censorship from 1945 …

A Burning Idea: Progress Report 2

It has been a while since my first progress report, so it seems appropriate to offer up a second. Lauren and I did, ultimately, confirm our decision to pursue the case regarding the banning of Philip Pullman’s┬áThe Golden Compass in the Halton Catholic School District in Halton, Ontario, Canada. That being the case, we have …

Meeting with Our Research Librarian

SUNY Geneseo’s “research librarians” page on the school website lists nine different people who could be classified as research librarians, primarily divided by their subject. We chose to meet with Sue Ann Brainard, who focuses on the subjects of History and English and Literature, which seemed appropriate for a project that is ultimately historical research …

A Response to Bobbi Swiderek’s “Censorship”

This article is rather interesting, and is certainly useful from my perspective as a future secondary school teacher. There is certainly something appreciable about the fact that swaths of Swiderek’s middle schoolers would be confused as to why a litany of books were being promoted by the school library as having been “banned,” and therefore …