Annual ILS Conference Confronts Censorship

Posted: August 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 6th Annual Intellectual Life of the Schools (ILS) Summer Institute for Teachers takes place today through Thursday at George Mason. This year’s institute, titled “Knowledge: The Forbidden Fruit of the Information Age,” encourages educators involved with learning from K-12 to college to assist in constructing historical, cultural, and political perspectives on censoring texts. The opportunity for vigorous debate about six banned books will allow participants to hear and offer differing points of view. The institute also explores access to and restriction of digital information. Recertification points are available.

Coordinated by the outreach unit in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, the institute features George Mason scholars Maria Dakake, Philosophy and Religious Studies; Paul Smith, Cultural Studies; Hugh Sockett, Public and International Affairs; and Daniele Struppa, dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Also speaking is Pat Scales, head librarian at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, who recently wrote Teaching Banned Books, published by the American Library Association.

The event is supported in part by the Graduate School of Education, and by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. For more information, contact Milde Waterfall at (703) 620-0461 or Amanda Adolph at x38886, or e-mail

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