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The Freedom to Read


Thursday, October 1, 2015


06:30 PM–08:00 PM

The Freedom to Read

In conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Banned Books Week (September 27–October 3), join us for a talk on the power of words and art. Chief Curator Rob Mintz will speak about the issues of censorship raised in Liu Dan’s painting The Dictionary (1991), currently on view. Dr. Mintz will be joined by Ellen Riordan, the Pratt's Chief of Planning, Programming and Partnerships, to discuss recent examples of the most frequently banned books, a few of which will be on view next to The Dictionary.

Following the talk, visitors will be treated to a “read out” of passages from banned books. If you would like to read a portion of your own favorite banned book during this program, please e-mail Hannah Burstein, Coordinator of Adult Programs, at 

Following this event, the Walters Enthusiasts invite you to a reception featuring literary-themed cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres at Ware House 518 (518 N. Charles St.). For more information, please email or visit the Facebook event page.

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