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October 8, 2013

Law Library exhibit examines ‘Libricide’

Oregon Law's John E. Jaqua Law Library is featuring the exhibit, "Libricide: The Intentional Destruction of Books and Libraries" through December 2013. "Libricide" serves to inform the public about how "book burning" has dramatically changed opinions of literature and how revolutionaries have taken one of America's favorite pastimes, and turned it into an act of war.

The exhibit, available for viewing by students and the public, will be open during regular library business hours, from 7:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Characteristic of the law library's exhibit program, "Libricide" seeks to investigate and highlight milestones within the library system.

Events of libricide have occurred throughout history and across all cultures, generally motivated by moral, religious, or political objections to the material. Book burning can serve to draw public attention to a book's contents or author, and has been used by powerful regimes to censor certain aspects of a nation's culture. The exhibit illustrates some of these incidents and reasoning behind libricide from ancient civilizations to today.

The law library will house other exhibits through December, including "Rooted in Tradition: Documenting, Preserving, and Celebrating Oregon's Diverse Cultural Traditions" and "40 Years Strong: A Timeline of Feminist Research, Activism, and Teaching on Campus."

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