Lecture on the Burning of Wilhelm Reich’s Books

Courtesy Announcement

“The True Story of a Court-Ordered Book Burning in America”
lecture by Kevin Hinchey, Asst. Director, Wilhelm Reich Museum

Subject: Monroe Library Celebrates Banned Books Week 2011
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:15:45 -0400
From: MonroeTWPLibrary.org <gblume

4 Municipal Plaza   Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (732) 521-5000


Contact: Gina Blume, Public Relations Coordinator, 732-521-5000 x 113


What: “The True Story of a Court-Ordered Book Burning in America” presented by Kevin Hinchey, Asst. Director, Wilhelm Reich Museum http://www.wilhelmreichtrust.org/

When: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2011

Where: Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831


Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September (September 24 – October 1, 2011), Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

In 1956, six tons of books and research journals by Wilhelm Reich, M.D., a prominent Austrian physician and scientist who had immigrated to America four days before the outbreak of WWII, were burned by order of a Federal Court injunction. In this lecture, Kevin Hinchey, Assistant Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, will trace the dramatic events that culminated in what was one of the most heinous examples of censorship in American history.

A graduate of Fairfield University and New York University Graduate Film School, Mr. Hinchey has worked as a film writer in New York and Los Angeles and as a film professor in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (West). Since 2002, he has been on the Board of Directors of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust in Rangeley, Maine which operates the Wilhelm Reich Museum (of which he serves as assistant director). Mr. Hinchey has authored a screenplay for a feature film about Reich, and is currently writing the script for a full-length documentary film about Reich.

Free tickets for this lecture are available at the Welcome Desk.

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