Tag: Freedom of Expression

Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses”

Salman Rushdie’s exuberant novel, The Satanic Verses, has cast a long shadow since its publication almost 35 years ago. Most recently, with the horrific attempt on Rushdie’s life, we are reminded of what is at stake in our world: the ability to speak, write, and create without fear. Yet what exactly are the true literary merits and shortcomings of this novel? 

Banned Books Read-Out

In honor of Banned Books Week and in protest of censorship of books with LGBTQIA+ and racial equity themes in Oklahoma schools and libraries, we are holding a public reading of some of the most banned and challenged books of the past five years. Readings will be modified to be appropriate for families with middle-school-aged children and older. Between readings, there will be performances by local musicians. Participants will also have an opportunity to write a letter to favorite banned book authors and send a message of support to Oklahoma teachers and librarians.