Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Don't Tell: The Bluest Eyes as a Challenged Text

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Stories We Don’t Tell – The Bluest Eye as a Challenged Text
Speaker: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Assistant Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
7:00pm, the Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Sponsored by the Common Text Program & Messina
A Messina Stories We Tell Event.

About the Event: 

Over 40 years since it was written, The Bluest Eye remains one of the most challenged texts in classrooms and libraries across the country.  But why?  Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Associate Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, will provide an overview as to why The Bluest Eye has been challenged.  She will also share information about how the American Library Association advocates for  intellectual freedom and free access to libraries and library materials. 

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 About the Speaker: 

Deborah Caldwell-Stone is the Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. An attorney by training, she now works closely with librarians, teachers, and library trustees on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues, including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and the USA PATRIOT Act on library privacy and confidentiality. She is on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and speaks frequently to library groups around the country.     Before she joined ALA in 2000, Deborah practiced appellate law before the state and federal courts in Chicago, Illinois.  She earned her  law degree with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Questions for further reflection and discussion: 

1. What is the difference between challenging and banning a book? 

2. What factors should be taken into account when assigning The Bluest Eye in a class setting? 

3. Are there cases when banning a book from a classroom or library would be justified?  Why?  Why not? 

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