Freedom to Read Week at MRU is February 25 – March 1 and we are proud of the selection of events lined up, open to all on campus, that encourages students and faculty to consider their right to freedom of expression. This is a week-long national celebration that encourages Canadians to reflect on issues relating to censorship and to acknowledge our ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom.
We’ll kick off the week with pop up theatre that challenges the audience to check in with themselves and decide how they feel when excerpts of challenged books are performed by experienced actors. Catch a performance between 11am-1pm on February 26 and 27 in the Arts Building, Main Street, Wyckham House, and the Library. Follow @MRULibrary on Instagram to get notice of the schedule and come out to see what scandalous content is showcased.
We want to hear your take on Freedom to Read Week and find out how material flagged as controversial has an impact on campuses. Freedom of Expression on Campus – A Conversation is a panel of students and faculty who are actively working to ask questions around censorship that don’t typically have easy answers. Come and join this discussion in the Ideas Lounge on February 28. We expect it will be the ideal setting for a thoughtful exchange that may impact how we consume and question texts in academia.
BONUS: student attendees at the panel will have a chance to enter into a draw to win a stack on banned or challenged books to take home and add to their personal collection.
Banned Book Immersion on March 1 is a twist on the traditional readings that are a mainstay of Freedom to Read Week. Step into the Immersion Studio on the 3rd floor of the Library and take in a selection of books read by MRU faculty and students that were not only banned but are in some way meaningful to the reader. This is a great way to hear about books that have been celebrated throughout history, yet deemed as problematic for reasons that may surprise you.
Learn more about Freedom to Read Week and additional details of the events taking place at Mount Royal University.