Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship is an online exhibit tracing the manifestation of censorship throughout time, from manuscript to mass media. Kendall is creating digital reproductions of various materials from Smith College Special Collections to put on display. These materials will act as a foundation for a much larger discussion about censorship. Censorship is an issue that has affected people across all disciplines. Scientists, philosophers, and literary figures have all had their works burned, banned, or been killed for writing them. Even in this age of self publication, censorship is still at work across the world. It may have changed, but it is still happening. Kendall’s project invites people, across multiple disciplines, to think about this issue together. What counts as censorship? Where do you see censorship in your daily life? Kendall’s project is designed to get people thinking about the ways that censorship appears. And to get people engaging with primary sources and the wealth of materials Special Collections can offer.
In form, the project envisions technology as a way to augment our experiences with books rather than as a replacement for books. Yet, it lingers over questions about the way that the internet has both helped and hindered censorship projects.
Kendall is a junior at Smith College studying Philosophy and Book Studies. She is particularly interested in information ethics and the history of the library. She has spent much of her time at Smith working in Special Collections, currently as a Reference Services Assistant. It is her job to connect distance researchers to materials. This inspired her interest in the digital exhibit as a form. Her fascination with censorship is rooted in early childhood and the popular Banned Books Week that happens at libraries across the country. She is considering a career in the Information Sciences. In her free time Kendall likes to fly kites, do logic puzzles, and read about forgeries and other art crimes.