Trine faculty share from favorite banned books

October 05, 2016

Faculty from Trine University’s Department of Humanities and Communication celebrated Banned Books Week by sharing selected readings from favorite banned books in videos on the department’s website.

Banned Books Week for 2016 was Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. It has been celebrated every year since 1982 to raise awareness of the number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries. The American Library Association says more than 11,300 books have faced challenges since the week was first celebrated.

The books read in the videos include:

  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, read by Justin Young, assistant professor;
  • “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, read by Alison Witte, Ph.D., assistant professor;
  • “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, read by Amy Nicholls, interim dean, Jannen School of Arts and Sciences;
  • “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, read by Jeanette Goddard, Ph.D., assistant professor;
  • “Bless Me Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Tim Hopp, Ph.D., associate professor;
  • “The Face on the Milk Carton” by Caroline B. Cooney, read by Cassandra Bausman, Ph.D., assistant professor; and
  • “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, read by Sarah Young, Ph.D., assistant professor.

More information on Banned Books Week is available at

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