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Book banning is topic of Westminster School of Education panel discussion

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Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Westminster College School of Education will host “The Banning,” a scholarly conversation on the topic of banning books and courses across the nation, on Thursday, April 20, in Mueller Theater in the campus’ McKelvey Campus Center.

At 3:30 p.m., the Westminster College Speech and Debate Society, under the guidance of Visiting Associate Professor Dr. Randy Richardson, will present a readers’ theater event, “Banned in the USA.”

At 4 p.m., a panel discussion featuring librarians, retired educators and Westminster faculty members will highlight an exchange of ideas on the featured topic. Panelists include:

•    Andrew Henley ’17, a Westminster graduate and director of the New Castle Public Library
•    Sally Hiers M’06, a retired English teacher from the Wilmington Area School District
•    John Garrison, associate librarian/associate professor in Westminster’s McGill Library
•    Dr. Kristin Park, professor of sociology at Westminster
•    Dr. Jenna Copper, assistant professor of education and literacy expert at Westminster College
•    Todd Cole ’83, a retired elementary teacher from the Laurel School District, a children’s literature specialist and a current member of Westminster’s School of Education faculty

The event, sponsored by Westminster College’s School of Education, is part of the School of Education’s Thinking Forward series and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Todd Cole at