Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Banned" Together -- Brokeback Mountain

Have you read the book?  Seen the movie?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Giver

Have you read this award-winning young adult novel by Lois Lowry?  This book, about a futuristic society and a special young boy named Jonas, has been challenged for having content inappropriate for children.

An Ivy Tech student theater production of this story is scheduled to open on April 19, 2013.  The show will run weekends through April 27. Performances will be held in the Rose Firebay at the John Waldron Arts Center.  Tickets are available at:

"Banned" Together -- Slaughterhouse-Five

This novel by Kurt Vonnegut appears on the Modern Library's list of the greatest novels of the 20th century.  Often challenged for being irreverent and obscene, this novel is considered by many to be Vonnegut's most popular work. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Banned" Together Contest -- You can win!

“I saw the best minds of my generation blogging on ‘Banned’ Together!”


  • What: Best comment post on the "Banned" Together blog
  • Where:
  • When: By 2:00 p.m. May 9, 2013
  • Who: Anybody not currently enrolled in ENGL 223
  • What I Can Win: Free Center for Lifelong Learning class
  • How We Will Contact You: Include your email address in your post (email will be removed before publishing)

YOU can win a free Center for Lifelong Learning personal enrichment or professional development class by commenting on the “’Banned’ Together” blog.

To enter the contest, just comment on any of the “’Banned’ Together discussion boards at You may comment on any of the books we are reading (such as Slaughterhouse-Five, “Howl,” As I Lay Dying, Pudd’nhead Wilson, and Fahrenheit 451), censorship issues, or banned and challenged books in general.

Center for Lifelong Learning classes include topics such as intro to stand-up comedy, Ivy Arts for Kids, digital photography, banjo or guitar, retirement planning, gourmet cooking, dementia care, sustainable living—and many more. The certificate (value up to $150) for the free class expires on Dec. 31, 2013.

Posts will be moderated before appearing. Defamatory posts or posts that do not meet Ivy Tech standards will not be posted.

Comments will be judged by students in ENGL 223, American Literature after 1865, a service-learning class with a focus on banned and challenged books. Only comments by writers NOT enrolled in ENGL 223 are eligible to win.

Please add your email address to your comment so that we may contact you if you win. Your email will be removed by the blog moderator before posting. Full names are appreciated but not required, as long as we have a valid email address.

Deadline for submissions is 2:00 p.m., May 9.

You can find information on upcoming Center for Lifelong Learning classes at or by contacting Jeffery Allen at

Thanks, and happy blogging!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Banned" Together -- As I Lay Dying

Share your thoughts on this novel by William Faulkner.

Read Across America Day, March 7, 2013

You are invited to listen and read at our third annual open mic Read Across America Day reading of banned and challenged books. The event is sponsored by ENGL 223 and the Creative Writing Club in celebration of our freedom to read and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

When: Thursday, March 7, from 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: The Student Commons.
What: 10-minute reading slots are available.
You can bring your favorite banned or challenged book, or you may borrow one of ours. I can also advise you if you have questions about what you could read.

We will also be collecting books for Midwest Pages to Prisoners -- bring your gently used books to donate to the book drive.  Brownies, chocolate truffles, and other goodies will be provided for all readers and those donating cash or books to Midwest Pages to Prisoners.


Elizabeth Starr