Recent efforts to remove the word "Nigger" in literature-from
the new edition of Mark Twain's Huck Finn in which the word is
changed to "slave" to the attempt to halt a high school production
of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone because of its
"offensive" language-raise questions about censorship. Is
censorship ever a good thing?
This is the focus of "To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in
Literature," a free conversation with Reed College professor Pancho
Savery to celebrate Book Month. This program is hosted by the
Historical Society and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Savery is professor of English, humanities, and American studies
at Reed College. He also teaches in Reed's freshman humanities
program on the Ancient Mediterranean World (focusing on Greece,
Egypt, Persia, and Rome). For the last 11 years, he has worked with
Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program.
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