Tuesday, November 8, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
University of Oregon in Portland 70 NW Couch Street
Hosted by the UO Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
and the UO Library and Learning Commons
Sponsored by Oregon Humanities Conversation Project
Recent efforts to remove the “N” word in literature—from the new edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry 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? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view?
“To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature” is the focus of a free conversation with Reed College Professor Pancho Savery. The discussion takes place on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Oregon in Portland White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. The conversation, sponsored by Oregon Humanities, is hosted by the University of Oregon Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Portland and the University of Oregon Library and Learning Commons.
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 eleven years, he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.
Oregon Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Happy Camp, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, 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.
This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you.