Banned Books Week 2019: Read Out in Honor of Toni Morrison 9/24 - 6-7 pm


Contributed by Cathy H Michael

Toni Morrison's work was frequently banned or challenged. To honor her legacy, the IC community is invited to celebrate her contributions on Tuesday, September 24th from 6 - 7 pm in the Handwerker Gallery.

IC faculty member Jennifer Spitzer will offer an introduction to Morrison's works, followed by a readings by fellow IC faculty members Cynthia Henderson and Lenora Warren.

We invite attendees to read aloud from their favorite banned book. Readings should be approximately 3 minutes in length.  There will be a sign up sheet to read as you enter the Gallery, or email to be added to the list. You can bring your own book or check one out from the library. 

Local and campus chapters of Amnesty International will organize the signing of petitions to defend banned and censored authors.

Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Books are most frequently banned or challenged if an institution or individual deems their content to be offensive.

Learn more about Banned and Censored Books on this guide:

Sponsored by the IC Library; Amnesty International, Ithaca Group 73; Amnesty International at Ithaca College; the Handwerker Gallery; and Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.

RSVP is not required but you can do so in Engage.  Student IDs can be scanned for co-curricular credit. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy H Michael at or (607) 274-1293. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.