WestConn faculty to read their works during Banned Books week

DANBURY, CONN. — The published work of four of Western Connecticut State University’s faculty members will be featured in an author reading on campus Thursday, Sept. 30. The Faculty Authors Reading is one of several events the university will host as part of the annual Banned Books Week, which raises awareness of issues such as First Amendment rights, censorship and the freedom to express ideas that are considered controversial. Banned Books Week is from Monday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Oct. 1.

The Faculty Authors Reading will be at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and will feature Professor of Writing, Linguistics & Creative Process Dr. Edward Hagan, Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Jane Gangi, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Bozena Padykula, and Associate Professor of Management Dr. Fred Maidment.

The event is free and open to the public. Featured books will be available at the event for purchase and signing.

Hagan will read from his book “Goodbye Yeats and O’Neill,” a farce in contemporary Irish and Irish-American narratives. Padykula will read from “Giving through Teaching; How Nurse Educators are Changing the World.” Maidment will read from three of his books: “Annual Editions: Human Resources,” “Annual Editions: Management,” and “Annual Editions: International Business.” Gangi will read from her “Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms.”

Several other events are planned for Banned Books Week on campus.

• A Banned Books Readathon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and Wednesday, Sept. 29, outside of the Student Center (or in the lobby of Warner Hall in case of rain) on the Midtown campus.

• The Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university’s Midtown campus will feature open mic, followed by the featured act, singer/songwriter Sharaya, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. Admission is free and the public is invited.

• Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman and Assistant Professor of Communication Truman Keys will discuss “Should Politicians on the Texas School Board of Education be Deciding Curriculum Standards? Implications for Texas and America,” at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Warner Hall on the Midtown campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

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