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ULM English honor society hosts “Banned Books Read-Out”

Published October 1, 2013

The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, recently hosted a “Banned Books Read-Out” in honor of National Banned Books Week.

Members read from controversial books that have been previously banned or are currently under scrutiny. Some of the books read included: Voltaire’s “Candide,” Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

The event was held in the ULM Library’s Special Collections Passman Room, hosting over 40 students.

Chapter President Alycia Hodges, an English graduate student from Tallulah reflected on the event.

She said, “The purpose of our Banned Books Read-Out was to not only bring awareness to the impact of censorship on our freedom of speech, but to make a stand for those who are silenced because their opinions are considered unorthodox. We all have a story to tell, stories that are not just for us, but for those in need of advocacy. If our stories are censored, how can they reach people who need to hear them?”

Photo of Dr. Jana Giles

Sigma Tau Delta is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the study of English language and literature. Students who meet certain grade point average and coursework requirements are eligible to join.

Members may also compete for a variety of scholarships, and participate in community involvement activities and conferences.

For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, contact faculty sponsor Dr. Jana Giles, assistant professor of English,  at giles@ulm.edu or 318-342-1516.