February 18, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Victor Azuaje, associate professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Saint Mary College, presented “The Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford: Danielle Allen and María Zambrano on Democratic Citizenship” during Library Week.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center recently celebrated its 13th Annual Library Week with scholarly talks, free food and drink, and a cross-campus scavenger hunt.
This year’s Library Week programs shared a common thread: an in-depth look at banned books in public schools and libraries, and the reasons why they were challenged.
Library Week kicked off with The Amazing Banned Book Race, in which students searched for banned books in academic offices across campus. Upon finding one, a faculty or staff member provided a clue to the next stop on the race. The team that completed the race in the shortest amount of time won a 16GB tablet.
Later in the week, Victor Azuaje, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, presented “The Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford: Danielle Allen and María Zambrano on Democratic Citizenship.” The talk examined the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957 through the lens of African American political theorist Danielle Allen and related it to the ideas of Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. The talk was part of the college’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series, which showcases the research endeavors of Mount faculty, staff, and students.
Another highlight was a talk by Madelyn Folino, director of the Florida Public Library in Florida, N.Y., titled “Defending a Dangerous Book.” Folino, a 1973 graduate of the Mount, revealed how she came to defend a children’s storybook, King & King, against efforts to have it banned from the Florida Public Library system. When a library patron was upset by the book’s conclusion, which featured two princes falling in love, they asked to have King & King removed from the system. Folino was able to keep King & King from being banned in the library. Later, Folino was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the NYS Library Association for her efforts.
Library Week also included the presentation “Catching Feelings,” which examined how internet memes can determine relationship norms and impact personal interactions; a “mocktail” tasting based on the Harry Potter book series; and more.