Eugene McDermott Library What's New at McDermott Library E-Newsletter
Fall 2012

Library Plans
of Famous
Banned Books

1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2
McDermott Suite
Eugene McDermott Library

Most readers have opened the pages of a book that at one time had been banned or challenged - from the seemingly harmless Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter to the bawdy Fanny Hill and the coming-of-age A Separate Peace.

As a part of the American Library Association’s 30th Anniversary Banned Books Week, Eugene McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas has organized readings of notable banned or challenged books by faculty, administrators and students. The “Banned Books Read-Out” of passages and excerpts is free to the public and will take place from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the McDermott Suite, 4th floor of McDermott Library.

“Censorship has always been an important issue for libraries and reading from several of these formerly banned and contested books will remind us of our rights based on the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” said Director of Libraries Ellen Safley. “We are most pleased by the enthusiastic support from our faculty and administration for volunteering to participate in this inaugural reading.”

Books have been banned (removed from access) and challenged (targeted for removal in libraries and school reading lists) because some people have objected to them for what they perceive as graphic sex, adultery, premarital sex, obscenity, inappropriate themes for age groups, pedophilia, homosexuality, alcohol abuse, physical abuse, prostitution, excessive violence, gore, anti-government, discrimination against women and minorities, derogatory language, anthropomorphism, religious blasphemy and so forth.


  • Women in Love
    Dr. Bert Moore
  • Fanny Hill
    Dr. Emily Tobey
  • A Farewell to Arms
    Dr. Aaron Conley
  • Nickel and Dimed
    Linda Snow
  • In Cold Blood
    Dr. James Marquart
  • The Egypt Game
    Police Chief
    Larry Zacharias
  • Brideshead Revisited
    Hillary Campbell
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn
    Dr. Clay Reynolds
  • Lord of the Flies
    Dr. Sheila Pineres
  • Fahrenheit 451
    Dr. Mary Urquhart
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
    Dr. Marc Hairston
  • Native Son
    Dr. Rashaunda Henderson
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    Susan Rogers
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Sheridan Taylor
    Josh Brumett
  • The Awakening
    Dr. Erin Smith
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