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Banned book course offering

Banned book course offering

Virginia Behmer, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under News

“To Ban a Mockingbird in 2018” will be a course offered during the month of May through the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Focusing on the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” (TKAM) by Harper Lee, the course is free and open to the public. The Siegal program is on its sixth year of o...

Editorial: Hearing, not listening

Editorial: Hearing, not listening

Editorial Board

April 20, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

In early 2018, a public school district in Minnesota banned the books “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from their English curriculum. Students persistently complained that the books’ racial themes and use of certain words made them uncomfortable, so the supe...

Film professor publishes book on analyzing movies

Julia Bianco, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Film Professor Robert Spadoni recently published a new book, “A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films.” The book is designed to help film students learn how to look at film through an academic lens. This follows his first book published in 2007 titled “Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and...

Reading into the situation

Enio Chinca, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have a question. How many people reading this article still read books for fun? Be honest. Probably not many of you. I am sure there are still lots of people who love reading, and I by no means want to discredit you. However, how many of you who don’t read anymore recall loving reading as a kid?...

The CWRU ghost researcher

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Michele Hanks went from crying on Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, to sitting by “the hanging tree” at Chillingham Castle in England, in the middle of the night. Alone, her eyes and ears covered, she waited like bait. Michele Hanks’s new book “Haunted Heritage: The Cultural...

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