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CCU celebrating the freedom to read freely

September 16, 2011

Coastal Carolina University will host two events in recognition of the Worlds Banned Book Week which occurs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1.

On Monday, Sept. 26, Preston McKever-Floyd, assistant professor of philosophy, presents Celebrating the Freedom to Read: The Ethics of Banning Books at 4:30 p.m. in Kimbel Library (Room 219). On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Banned Books Read-Out will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Admission is free for both events.

McKever-Floyds session will be a discussion on the moral issues involved in banning books. McKever-Floyd has been on the faculty of CCU since 1980. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, and a bachelors degree in philosophy from Virginia State University. His session is part of the Java Jabber Discussion Series sponsored by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. For more information, contact the center at 843-349-2440 or jacksoncenter@coastal.edu.

The Banned Books Read-Out will feature students and faculty members reading from some of the most commonly banned books such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Attendees will also enjoy performances of banned music as well as a short video on censorship. This event is presented by Kimbel Library and Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honor Society).

For more information on these events, visit www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.