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Fighting Words: A History of Book Burning

Fighting Words: A History of Book Burning

Lecture on the history of book burning by Dr. Daniel Sarefield, Professor at Fitchburg State University.

This lecture takes place during Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Daniel Sarefield is Professor of History at Fitchburg State University, where he teaches a wide range of courses on world history, ancient Greek and Roman history, and the Latin language. Dr. Sarefield studied history and religion at Miami University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History at the Ohio State University. He has presented and published scholarly essays and articles exploring a number of topics on ancient religion and history, but much of his work has been on the origins of censorship and book burning in the ancient world. When he’s not teaching, writing, or doing research, Dr. Sarefield enjoys swimming, playing the ukulele, and traveling with his wife, Tracey, and daughter, Stella.

Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
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