Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy Co-Sponsored a Reading of Banned Books

SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE   Issue 17   October 12. 2012

Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy Co-Sponsored a Reading of Banned Books

Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy co-sponsored a reading of banned books in conjunction with the Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union on Monday, October 1. The event was held in celebration of the Freedom to Read as part of the 30thAnniversary of Banned Books Week.

Guests were welcomed by Christian Rodriguez, Senior Chairperson of the Law and Government Academy Student Council; Matthew Poland, CEO of the Hartford Public Library; and Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

Panelists read from five books that have been targets of attempted suppression. Panelists included Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Law and Government student Tiffany Mitchell, City Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings, Superintendent of Schools Christina Kishimoto, and Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries and local author Arthur Miller. John Dankosky, News Director of WNPR, moderated the panel.

Each panelist read a selection from one of the featured books and engaged in discussion about the book and about the broader topic of freedom of expression. Guests who attended the event commented on the wide variety of featured books and on the insightful comments from the panel.

See below for pictures from this event.

Christian Rodriguez, Senior Chairperson of the Law and Government Academy Student Council, welcomes guests to the Banned Books Readout.

Banned Books Readout panelists: Ms. Mitchell, Deacon Miller, Secretary of State Merrill, Superintendent Kishimoto, and Councilwoman Jennings.

Law and Government Senior Tiffany Mitchell discusses Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451.

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