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Book Launch: Censoring Culture @ The New School

Posted Mar 20 2006 12:00am

Censoringculture
Join The New Press and The New School in celebrating the publication of
CENSORING CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY THREATS TO FREE EXPRESSION

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
6-8 PM

The New School University

Wollmann Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor, NYC
(Enter at 66 West 12th Street)
Free Admission
Please RSVP at (212) 229-5684 or wolfsoncenter@newschool.edu

7:00 - 7:30 PM: A short program featuring:
Robert Atkins, Co-Editor
Svetlana Mintcheva, Co-Editor

and contributors to the book*

CENSORING CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY THREATS TO FREE EXPRESSION
In this groundbreaking anthology published this month by The New PressRobert Atkins and Svetlana Mintcheva bring together the latest thinking of art historians, cultural theorists, legal scholars, and psychoanalysts, as well as first-person accounts by artists and advocates, to provide an expanded understanding of 21st-century censorship, when the media-fueled, culture war-style scandal is simply another diverting spectacle.

In CENSORING CULTURE, Atkins and Mintcheva argue that today censorship is just as likely to be the result of a market force or a bandwidth monopoly than a line edit or the covering of a nude, and the censor to be found hidden behind the need to "protect" children or the sensitivies of racial, religious, or sexual minorities. Widespread and little understood, self-censorship is also discussed, and the authors argue that it is sometimes not merely necessary, but salutary.

More info from the National Coalition Against Censorship.

* Contributors to CENSORING CULTURE include:
Judy Blume, J.M. Coetzee, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Hans Haacke, Dee Dee Halleck, Majorie Heins, Randall Kennedy, Lawrence Lessig, Judith Levine, Glenn Ligon, Antoni Muntadas, Diane Ravitch, Carolee Schneemann.

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