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From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 17:20:08 EST

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    Hi, everyone,

    I'm Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, an English Ed. professor at Colorado State
    University and the Instructor Record for this course, and I've enjoyed these
    beginning conversations.

    Though some of you may already have heard of these resources, I wanted to
    comment on censorship in re Harry Potter. First off, you've probably heard
    about the challenging of the text in the Carolinas and elsewhere, but Judy
    Blume also published an editorial in the NY Times on Oct. 22, 1999, entitled
    "Is Harry Potter Evil?" It's available in its entirety at the website for
    the National Coalition against Censorship
    (http://www.ncac.org/harrypotter.html). I'm teaching a course this semester
    here at CSU in Adolescent Literature to (mainly) teacher licensure
    candidates, and censorship has been a big issue for us. One of my students
    reported that parents at the school where her mother teaches in Colorado had
    challenged the book.

    If you'd like for me to recommend other websites that deal with challenged
    and censored books, please let me know.

    Best,
    Cindy

    Julia Shugert wrote:

    > Hi! I had a question regarding censorship. Have any parents complained
    > about the Harry Potter series? If so, please let me know how you handled
    > those.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jody Shugert

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