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Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo

What: First Fridays
When: at noon on the first Friday of each month (see below for specific dates and topics)
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

This year's First Fridays series, Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo, will explore the concepts of suppression and expression in the varied collections held by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Throughout history, questions of access versus restriction have been debated in scientific theory, religion, political thought, and creative thinking. Presenters will examine who have decided these questions—and why.

October 1, 2010
Living Legends Reflect!: Working toward Women's Equity on Campus

Presented by University Archives and the Women's Center

November 5, 2010
Preserving Culture, Promoting Understanding

A Special Event to Open the New Exhibit Celebrating 10 Years of the Tretter Collection at the U of M
Presented by the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

In 2000, the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies came to the University of Minnesota and to Andersen Library. This collection preserves the artifacts of a community and culture whose existence was long denied and whose art and artifacts were often censored and destroyed, and now presents them to a vast array of faculty, students, and researchers. This presentation focuses on the importance of this resource to University of Minnesota community.

Speakers will include:
Professor Regina Kunzel, Chair, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Anne Phibbs, Director, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Office

December 3, 2010
Banned Children's Books and Censorship of Comic Books

Presented by the Children's Literature Research Collections

J. Randolph Cox, Hess Collection Honorary Consultant and Editor of Dime Novel Round Up, notes that "Reading dime novels and other cheap literature was once thought to lead to a life of crime. When the authorities attacked material considered sensational and filled with stories of bloodshed and crime, publishers were forced to devise ways to stay in business and out of jail."

Meredith Gillies, CLRC Library Assistant, will talk about how censorship of the sensational did not end with the dime novels and story papers.

Karen Nelson Hoyle, CLRC Curator, will talk about censorship of three Newbery Award winning books--Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves (1972), Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia (Crowell, 1977), and Lois Lowry, The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993). Images come from their books and manuscripts in the Kerlan Collection.

February 4, 2011
Literary Resistance and Talking Out Loud

Presented by the Givens Collection of African American Literature

Controlling Information in the Age of Discovery
Presented by the James Ford Bell Library

March 4, 2011
Wartime Military Censorship & Detention Camps

Presented by the Immigration History Research Center and the Social Welfare History Archives

European refugees produced a remarkable outpouring of print in Displaced Person camps immediately after World War II. Elizabeth Haven Hawley, Program Director of the Immigration History Research Center, analyzes how military administration of camps and the scarcity of printing materials affected the production, distribution and consumption of cultural print.

In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, authorizing the relocation and internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Linnea Anderson, Assistant Archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives, will discuss how evidence in the Survey Associates records reveals how the political climate and the demands of military censorship affected the effort by staff of Survey magazine to present the story of a Japanese detention camp during the World War II era.

April 1, 2011
Censorship and Silence in Early Maps and Atlases

Presented by the James Ford Bell Library

Secrecy and Censure in the History of Health Care
Presented by the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

May 6, 2011
Wired Communities/ Wired Lives: Social Issues in Computing

Presented by the Charles Babbage Institute

Literary Manuscripts: Silences and Outbursts
Presented by the Upper Midwest Literary Archives