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Books in America: the Banned and the Burned
Margery Marcus

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Books have the power to delight and educate, but they can also fire up community outrage, and political and societal anger. The tradition of book banning, and even burning in America continues up until today, threatening our right to choose what we read. Historically, we may associate book burnings with Nazi Germany, but here, decades ago, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath was burned. The 1950s saw an epidemic of comic book burning, while Harry Potter fans were horrified to read several years ago about that series going up in flames. The Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Beloved have all made banned books lists, as have childhood favorites like the Captain Underpants series. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lecture examining the history of banned books in America from the Puritans through today. The presentation ends with a "Top Ten" countdown of the most banned books in our history. You may well be surprised by the titles! 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Margery Marcus retired from Broward County Public Schools after a long and successful teaching career. She has taught English at every grade level from middle school through graduate school, currently focusing on lecturing to adult audiences. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning and a passion for literature which began when she read the very first page of Charlotte’s Web as a child. Her enthusiasm for sharing great stories told by great writers, motivates her to bring literature to life for her audiences. Dr. Marcus holds a BA in English, and a master's and doctorate in Education.

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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