This summer, the 1st Amendment Society and Frederick County Public Library are hosting a series of talks on banned books in the tasting room. The “Freedom Reads” series will feature:
- Garrett Epps on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: Garrett is a legal scholar, author, journalist, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and professor of constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore. He will speak to the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Leaves of Grass on Wednesday, June 8.
- Dr. Michelle Markey Butler on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Michelle is a lecturer at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies/Honors College. She currently teaches a course on Harry Potter and will speak to why this book, which is near and dear to adults and children alike, is often banned on Wednesday, July 13.
- Ronald Collins on Allen Ginsburg’s Howl: Ron is currently the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law and has clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger, taught at Stanford, Temple and GW and worked with the Newseum’s First Amendment Center. An author of biographies on both Lenny Bruce and Allen Ginsburg, Ron on will discuss the banned poem on Wednesday, August 10.
Each Freedom Reads talk will begin at 6 pm. They’re free and open to anyone over that sacred age of 21.