To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature

Starts:Sunday, September 22, 2013  2:00 PMEnds:Sunday, September 22, 2013  3:30 PM
Cost:

free

Location:

Newport Public Library

35 NW. Nye St

Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

The Newport Public Library kicks of Banned Books Week with an Oregon Humanities program. Recent efforts to remove the “N” word in literature—such as the new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave”—raise questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view?  This is the focus of “To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature,” a free conversation with Reed College professor Pancho Savery.

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). This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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