Banned in Missouri: 2008 BSC Campus Read Selection

In 2008, the BSC Campus Read selection was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  It was popular with students, faculty, and staff and led to great discussions on campus.  Alexie also visited campus and gave a presentation to a standing room only crowd at the Belle Mehus Auditorium.  In fact, he invited people who couldn’t find seats to join him on the stage and sit there.  His presentation was fun and funny as well as thoughtful and reflective.

In April, the school board in Stockton, Missouri, voted to remove Alexie’s book from the school.  In July, they voted to reconsider their original motion.  At their August 18 meeting, they will schedule a date for a special meeting to discuss the suitability of the book and answer in writing five questions posed by the school board.

For all the details, click here to read the story from the Cedar County Republican.  Included in the posting are links to letters sent to the school board by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and a joint letter from the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Library Association, and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

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