Here's a roundup of what we've been reading and listening to online this week.
12 posts from September 2013
Every year in September, people across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to raise awareness about the problem of censorship. In 2012 alone, there were 464 challenges to books reported to the American Library Association's Office of for Intellectual Freedom. Common complaints include content being unsuitable for an age group, the use of offensive language, sexually explicit material, violence, homosexuality, and religious viewpoints. At Beacon, we support the freedom to read, so we asked staff to recommend some of their favorite banned and challenged books. Read on to find out how they were influenced by these books. Happy Banned Books Week!
Here's some recommended reading around the web from this past week.
After Thich Nhat Hanh's recent visit to Boston, Tom Hallock reflects on the influence his teachings have had on our culture.
David Chura has advice for a teacher new to working with young offenders: don't take it personally.
The immigration system in the United States hits home for Aviva Chomsky. Read her personal story about a close friend threatened with deportation.
Ten years later, Stephen Puleo's Dark Tide is still going strong. Beacon Press executive editor Amy Caldwell reflects on why the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 still matters.
A new book,The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration by activist David Bacon, that brings a fresh perspective to the current immigration debate.
Danielle Ofri's acclaimed examination of the intersection of health care and emotion is now available in audiobook.
Beacon director Helene Atwan introduces new books from James Baldwin and Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco.
Advice from Susan Katz Miller on how interfaith Jewish/Christian families can find meaning during the Jewish High Holidays.
Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg took his climate change message to New England, and Philip Warburg was there to listen to him.