HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPONSORS PROGRAM ON LITERARY CENSORSHIP
Recent efforts to remove the word “Nigger” 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, raises questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing especially in historic or classic literature?
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. The program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth St., Newport. 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 a freshman humanities program on the “Ancient Mediterranean World.” For the last 11 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.
For more information about this free community discussion, please call 541-265-7509.