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Fall Readings Series

2003 Fall Readings Series


Thursday, September 25, 2003
7 - 9 PM
English faculty Joe Medina hosts and organizes this popular annual event celebrating National Banned Books Week.  Faculty and students present topics on censorship, censure, banned literature and controversial literary themes and topics. This year’s presentations include

  • Nadra Hess-Farina, Librarian:  A Librarian’s Perspective

  • Erika Lotzke, Parent and Student:  Harry Potter

  • Helix High School English Instructor:  The High School Perspective

  • Dr. Oralee Holder, English Instructor: Ray Bradbury

  • Eric Bemiller, Student:  Rodolf Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima

  • Karl Sherlock, English Instructor:  Sherman Alexie

  • April-Dawn Dunsford, Student: Nappy Hair Banned

  • Tammy Hermon, Parent and Student:  Judy Blume, Forever

  • Ryan Griffith, Allen Ginsberg's Howl

  • Manuel Moreno, Student: Machiavelli, The Prince



October 2003
7:30 PM, Griffin Gate
SDSU Professor Harold Jaffe is the author of over 17 novels and collections, including Eros Anti-Eros (City Lights, 1990), Straight Razor (Black Ice Books, 1995), and most recently 15 Serial Killers (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2003).  Jaffe is known for his gorilla style of satire, sometimes misunderstood for its audacious depiction of violence and sexuality that sometimes have drawn comparisons by critics to writer Jerzy Kosinsky (Painted Bird and Blind Date).  


November 2003
7:30 PM, Griffin Gate
The fall edition of the biannual student showcase of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and other word art.  This semester's student readers include

  • Jill Marchland, "Erotic Poetry"
  • James Rodey, "Beloved By Asphalt" and "Holiday"
  • Shannon O'Neil-Huntoon, "Nowhere to Hide"
  • Adeline Montelongo, "It's a Hip Hop Kind of Love'
  • Melanie Moyers, "Hot Dogs and Cartoons"
  • Cassandra Fenn, "The Unappreciated"
  • John LeBarbera, "Three thousand Miles
  • Jason McAdams, "Interminable"
  • Greg Laskaris, "Life at Eight," "Stars," and "How To Plant Really Spiny Cactus"
  • Ha Nguyen, "Aloha Ha"
  • Carole Scimone, "Dangerous Thoughts"
  • Zachery Bearchell, "I Shot Myself"
  • Kate Savage, "Photograph Poem"
Last Updated: 08/19/2016


Fall 2003 Celebration of Banned Books reading

















Fall 2003 Harold Jaffe book cover

Fall 2003 Student Reading

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