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Artist Collective at Chatham University to host symposium Celebrate the Right to Read, held in honor of Banned Books Week

PITTSBURGH (September 7, 2012) … In honor of Hispanic Heritage month and Banned Books week (September 30 – October 6, 2012), Bridget Kevane, Ph.D., will speak at Chatham University as part of the symposium “Celebrate the Right to Read.” Dr. Kevane, chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and professor of Spanish at Montana State University, teaches and writes about history and culture of Latino communities in the United States. Hosted by the University’s Artist Collective, Book Club, Creative Writing Club, and Minor Bird literary magazine, the free public event will be held on September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Mellon Board Room, located on the University’s Shadyside Campus.

Dr. Kevane will share her expertise in Latina/o studies and censorship pertaining to Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, a series of vignettes about a young girl named Esperanza who doesn’t want to belong to her run down community nor to the low expectations the world has of her. The book is currently banned in the state of Arizona, where in January 2011, Arizona state Attorney General Tom Horne deemed the Mexican American studies program in the Tuscan Unified School District illegal, claiming they promote hatred and division.” The decision led to the banning of several Latino authors’ and activists’ books.

Other books will be discussed that have been banned for “promoting resentment towards a race or class of people,” including The Tempest by William Shakespeare and Civil Disobedience by H.D. Thoreau. To register or for more information, visit the event page at

About Artist Collective
Artist Collective is an undergraduate organization at Chatham University that encourages play, experimentation, and expression. Its mission is to create a space for all artists on campus and become civically engaged in the Pittsburgh community.  They have contributed to the resurgence of arts at the University through the artist symposium/concert, Extraction, held every semester.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit