Category Archives: Exhibit

9/30 – 10/6 Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week 2012September 30 – October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week, held annually in late September, celebrates our freedom to read. During the week, the American Library Association hopes to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. The Drexel Library will showcase some of the banned and challenged books in a display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

A challenged book is described as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group” while a banned book is the removal of such materials from a collection or curriculum. (About Banned & Challenged Books) Books are most often challenged because their contents are considered sexually explicit, have offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. While the challenges may be well-meaning, demanding libraries to censor constitutionally protected speech is a violation of the First Amendment.

Please take a look at the display and feel free to check out a banned book!

 

Beware of the Books

For more information, please see American Library Association’s website on banned and challenged books.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections Exhibit

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.On Thursday, March 29, 2012 the SJU Community met to honor the Leadership and Generosity of the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s University and to view the new Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections exhibit located on the third floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons.

Named after Hopkins, the esteemed nineteenth century Jesuit Victorian poet, the special collections feature, among other items, a diverse and growing collection of Jesuitica and Jesuitana, which includes more than 400 volumes, some quite rare, published between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Nov. Display: Illustrations of Injured Veterans

THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT

During the month of November, the Francis A. Drexel Library is displaying reproductions of some of the illustrations of THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT.   The display is located on the first floor, to the left of the front Service Desk.

THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT, formed by Michael D. Fay, a former Marine combat artist, was orchestrated in an effort to increase the awareness of our veterans and was comprised of the work of several wartime illustrators. “…the PROJECT takes its name from the central character in Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 novel of a World War I soldier unable to communicate with the outside world due to the extent of his wounds” (Alicia Lozano, WTOP.  James Panero, Managing Editor and art critic at The New Criterion, was the curator of the exhibit when it showed in the STOREFRONT GALLERY in Brooklyn.

For more information, see the Blog with YouTube video on the Exhibit.

Banned Books Week Display 9/24-10/1


Banned Books Week September 24-October 1, 2011

“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”

Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in Texas v. Johnson .

Every year, for one week in September, the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read by highlighting the past year’s challenged and banned books. During Banned Books Week, ALA hopes to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. For the month of September, the Francis A. Drexel Library will showcase some of the banned and challenged books on ALA’s lists.

A challenged book is described as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group” while a banned book is the removal of such materials from a collection or curriculum. (About Banned & Challenged Books) Books are most often challenged because their contents are considered sexually explicit, have offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. While the challenges may be well-meaning, demanding libraries to censor constitutionally protected speech is a violation of the First Amendment.

Please take a look at the display and feel free to check out a banned book!

For more information, please see American Library Association’s website on banned and challenged books.

New Exhibit at the Library

Throughout the month of March, Francis A. Drexel Library will host an exhibit of sample pieces from the 2008 Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition. Named for the heroic teenager who organized Jewish resistance and gave his life fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, this annual competition provides students in grades 7-12 in all public, private and parochial schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs, with both a forum and opportunity to respond to the Holocaust by means of creative expression. Panels of judges with expertise in various creative disciplines evaluate the 400 or so submissions. The artistic submissions are mounted and exhibited professionally by the Moore College of Art and Design. All of the winning written submissions are published in a booklet and distributed at the awards ceremony which is held each spring at Moore, in conjunction with the exhibition. For more information, contact Anne Krakow, Associate Director for Public Services and Programming, akrakow@sju.edu or x1906.